Murder in the First

Synopsis: Henri Young stole five dollars from a post office and ended up going to prison - to the most famous, or infamous, prison of them all: Alcatraz. He tried to escape, failed, and spent three years and two months in solitary confinement - in a dungeon, with no light, no heat and no toilet. Milton Glenn, the assistant warden, who was given free reign by his duty-shirking superior, was responsible for Young's treatment. Glenn even took a straight razor and hobbled Young for life. After three years and two months, Young was taken out of solitary confinement and put with the rest of the prisoners. Almost immediately, Young took a spoon and stabbed a fellow prisoner in the neck, killing him. Now, Young is on trial for murder, and if he's convicted he'll go to the gas chamber. An eager and idealistic young attorney, James Stamphill, is given this impossible case, and argues before a shocked courtroom that Young had a co-conspirator. The true murderer, he says, was Alcatraz.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Marc Rocco
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

No one had made it.

The reputation ofAlcatraz as being

unescapable was secure.

Six inmates had died.

The ones who didn't die

sometimes wished they had.

The federal guideline

regarding solitary confinement states...

...that the maximum stay for an inmate

shall not exceed 19 days.

Our Father who art in heaven...

...hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done...

...on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread...

...and forgive us for our trespasses... we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.


Thank you, gentlemen.

Alcatraz is a half-mile

off the coast of San Francisco.

There were 276 inmates...

...110 guards, with their wives

and children stationed on the island.

And the associate warden, Mr. Glenn.

This is the story of Henri Young

as I know it.

October 2nd, Game 2, 1936 World Series.

American League Yankees versus

the National League New York Giants.

The Yankees...

The Yankees score 18 runs, a series record.

Every single man in that lineup hits

at least once.

Every single man in that lineup scores

at least one run.


- Hello. Hello.

Have you been a good boy?

Here, take Daddy's lunchbox.

We'll go see Mommy.

Good news, Henri.

It's over. You're out of the hole.

You stink, boy.

I did it. I made it.

Oh, unh, come on.

- Did good.

- made it.

I did it. I did it. I did it.

Unh, come on now. Unh.

You did good.

The only other survivor

of the escape attempt was Rufus McCain.

He had betrayed his fellow inmates

by tipping off the associate warden.

McCain was rewarded

and left in the general population.

Henri Young was sent to solitary.

- Come on.

- Hey, hey, hey.

Okay, okay, okay.


Some men are broken

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