The Big House

Synopsis: After a manslaughter conviction from drunk driving, nice but foolish Kent is sent to a prison over-crowded and unable to properly deal with it's inmates. There he meets veteran criminals like Morgan and his hardened pal Butch. And the system punishes them all, turning them against each other and bringing out the worst.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Production: Warner Bros.
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

turner entertainment group and u.s. Department of education

hi, bill.

Hello, john.

See you later.

O.k. Good-bye.


Kent marlowe-



to 10 years.

First time

in prison?


"Sir" to me.

Yes, sir.

How old are you?

24, sir.

Ever serve

in the army, navy, marine corps?

No, sir.

Use tobacco?

Yes, sir.


opium, cocaine?

No, sir.

Frisk him.

You can have

your cigarettes.


No, sir.

That's my sister.

You can have

the photographs.

Thank you, sir.

You'll get

the rest back

when you leave


From now on,

you'll be number 48642.

Give him

the works.


Give him 24.

Two blankets.

Coat, 36.



Pants, five.

Shirt, 16.

Shirt, 16.

Hat, seven.

Shoes, 81/2.

Shoes, 81/2.


your clothes in there.

Arm length,

351/2 inches.


Scar on left




Out this way.

I hate to see

a young fellow like you

in here

for manslaughter.

It was

an accident, sir.

Yes. I remember

your case very well.

You ran a man down

with your car.

Yes, sir. It was

new year's eve.

You were drunk.

Yes, sir.

And now

you're here to pay for that crime

with 10 years

of your life.

Do you realize that?

Yes, sir.

Your sentence

can be reduced by good behavior

and close observance

of the prison rules.

And while you're not,

in the common sense of the word, a criminal,

i want to warn you

against the influences you'll encounter here...

or in any other prison.

Yes, sir.

So you be careful

of your conduct, your associations.

Yes, sir.

And remember this...


does not give a man a yellow streak,

but if he has one,

it brings it out.

That's all.

Well, riker,

what is it?

Do you know who

they're putting that boy in with?

No. Who?


the slickest crook we ever had here-

and machine-gun



Well, a weak

kid like that

thrown in

with a murderer and a gunman?

Now, now, now, pop.

Don't you get

chicken-hearted again.

Well, he might

have a chance in the cell alone.

Yes. I warned them

at the last governor's council.

We have 3,000 here

and cell accommodations

for 1,800.

They all want to throw

people into prison,

but they don't want

to provide for them after they are in.

You mark my word, pop.

Someday we're going to pay

for their shortsightedness.

Yeah, sure.

The whole prison system

is cockeyed.


Here's a face

for you, sandy.

He goes in 265

with butch and morgan.


Come on, boy.


to the left.

Here we are.

Hello, kid.

Take off

your earmuffs.

I said hello.


Make yourself

to home.

That's your flop

up there.

Thank you.


your name?

I said,

what's your name?

Kent marlowe.

Mine's schmidt.

I'm known

the world over

as machine-gun


You heard of me.

That's a cinch.

You never heard

of the delacey gang being wiped out?

Well, i done

the wiping.

500 bucks

for bumping off 3.

It ain't much.

It's cheap.

What's your racket?

What you in for?



Well, you ain't

no morning glory after all.

Press the flesh.

Who'd you croak?

Well, it was

an accident.

An accident?

Yeah. I was

driving a car-

oh, you're all

wet ears. Your nose ain't even dry.

What do you mean?

I'll show you

what i mean, kid.

I'll learn you

a lot of things

before we're through

with you in here.


there's company in the parlor.

Morgan's my name.

Kent's mine.

How are you?

Don't you ever have

any air in here?

Sure. Plenty.

All hot.

How long

you been here?

Three years.

What for?


I can't stand


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Frances Marion

Frances Marion (born Marion Benson Owens, November 18, 1888 – May 12, 1973) was an American journalist, author, film director and screenwriter often cited as the most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century alongside June Mathis and Anita Loos. She was the first writer to win two Academy Awards. more…

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