High Wall

Synopsis: Steven Kenet, suffering from a recurring brain injury, appears to have strangled his wife. Having confessed, he's committed to an understaffed county asylum full of pathetic inmates. There, Dr. Ann Lorrison is initially skeptical about Kenet's story and reluctance to undergo treatment. But against her better judgement, she begins to doubt his guilt, and endangers her career on a dangerous quest through dark streets awash with rain.
Director(s): Curtis Bernhardt
Production: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
99 min

Good night, Mr. Hirsch.

Good night, sir.

Good evening, Mr. Whitcombe.

Good evening.

We're proofreading

the new geography edition.

Mr. Garrison wants it

at the printer's in the morning.


Any telephone messages, miss Mercer?

Yes, sir.

The photo engravers

want an ok on the proofs.

Havlock paper said

they filled our order.

Mm-hmm. Is that all?

Yes, sir.

Ask, uh... Mrs. Kenet to

come here, will you, please?

She isn't here, sir.

Well, then, uh... bring

me the Leeds manuscript.

The Leeds manuscript isn't here.

Well, it must be.

I sent Mrs. Kenet to my

home for it hours ago.

Yes, sir, I know, but

Mrs. Kenet hasn't returned.

Hmm. She must have been delayed.

Ask her to bring it to me

when she returns, will you?

I don't think Mrs. Kenet

will be back tonight, sir.

You see, her husband's been

away for 2 years, and he's home,

and he came here looking

for her just after she left,

and he was so anxious

to see her that...

I told him where he might

find her if he hurried.

Oh, in that case,

I don't imagine we

can expect to see her,

at least

not tonight,

hey, miss Mercer?

No, sir.

Not tonight.

Where do I sign?

Right under where

it says "corpus delicti."

Sign all 3 copies.

This is Mr. Whitcombe.

Don't get up, Mr. Whitcombe.

Oh, how do you do?

Nice of you

to come down.

I'm Wallace, assistant

district attorney.

Oh, I see you've

identified your secretary.

This is shocking, Mr. Wallace.

What happened?


was strangled.

Rather an interesting case.

If I can be of any

help, any information...

Have you any?

I don't know.

Perhaps it has

no bearing,

but her husband

returned today

after an absence

of 2 years.

I didn't see him


but they told me at the office

that he came in this afternoon,

extremely agitated,

looking for her,


on finding her at once.

It occurred to me that if

you can find the husband-

we have.

He's in there.


Come along with me.

We can talk later.

Now, look, son,

let's go over it once more.

You headed straight

for the bridge

when you heard the

police siren, didn't you?

I didn't hear any siren.

You lost control of the car

and crashed through the bridge,

is that it?

The coroner's report.

Oh, yeah.

You were born and raised in

this city, weren't you, Kenet?

You know there's never

more than 3 feet of water

in that creek, not enough to drown in.

Now, look, son...


you strangled her,

you wanted to make it

look like an accident,

uh, broken neck

in an auto crash.

You knew you could walk away

from that kind of accident.

That's it...

Isn't it?

I told you

I killed her in the park,

in milford picnic grove.

Then I tried

to kill myself.

Well, that's good enough for me.

Have him sign

a statement.

Isn't often

they come this easy.

Uh-oh, Dave. I've examined him.


No. He's been through some head surgery.

Well, what's that

got to do with it?

I can't pass

him, Dave.

They'll have to look

him over at psychiatric.

Now, look, Doctor-

I'm sorry. He has to go to psycho first.

All right.

After you, sir.

Oh, thank you.

Hi, Dan.

Hello, Mike.

Come on, Jimmy.

Get up.

Hello, Mike.

Got some business

for you.


do you got?

Murder rap.

Here's his stuff.

$32 in bills,

18 cents in change,

a star-silver, I guess-

some sort of war decoration.

Snapshot holder

with one picture.

That all?

That's it.

Snapshot holder,


Give me that!

Take it easy, sweetheart.

I want that picture!

Hold it!

Let go of me!

Good night, Dan.

Good night,


Let go of me!

I want that picture!

Ok, baby, you'll get it.

Now will you be good?

We'll take him.

He's all yours. Everything

goes on ice, including you.

Ward C, one of the side rooms.


Sign a receipt for me, will you, Jimmy?

Staying around

for some coffee?

No, no. It's too late.

We'll be seeing you.

So long.

The x-rays show

a subdural hematoma

of the left frontal lobe.

This blood clot is causing

pressure on the brain.

As you know, such pressure can produce

both physical and emotional changes.

True to form, the patient

has shown irritability,


local pain,

periods of unconsciousness

with lapses of memory.

That's all. Light, please.

Hat and gloves.

Thank you, Doctor.

You've been very helpful.

Thank you, Dr. dunlap. Good-bye.


Dr. poward,

who is this patient?

Steven Kenet,

his age, 31,

admitted by court order for observation,

confessed to

murder of wife

and attempted


He's in ward c.

What's the physical


Heart, blood pressure,

respiration, normal.

Then there's

no need for delay.

Prepare him

for immediate surgery.


Doctor.Anything else?

No. That's all,


All right.

Thank you.

May I have

his report, please?

Oh, Ann, I have an extra

ticket to the opera tonight.

Mother isn't

feeling well.

I'm sorry, but I've

got 2 tickets myself.

Well, mine are in the

fifth row. Where are yours?

Right behind third base. The

red socks are playing tonight.

Doctor, you know I'm

here on my own free will.

Why am I in

the delinquent ward?

Oh, it's a very nice

ward, Mr. Davis.

I've got to see you.

In a little while,


Me, too.

It's very urgent.

My wife is coming to

see me this afternoon.

Oh, I'm so glad.

I beg your pardon, Doctor, but may

I speak to you just for a moment?

It's most important.

I'll be back.

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Sydney Boehm

Sydney Boehm (April 4, 1908 – June 25, 1990) was an American screenwriter and producer. Boehm began his writing career as a newswriter for wire services and newspapers before moving on to screenwriting. His films include High Wall (1947), Anthony Mann-directed Side Street (1950), the sci-fi film When Worlds Collide (1951), and the crime drama The Big Heat (1953), for which Boehm won a 1954 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. Boehm was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 4, 1908 and died in Woodland Hills, California on June 25, 1990 at age 82. more…

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