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Behind the High Wall is a 1956 American film noir crime film directed by Abner Biberman starring Tom Tully and Sylvia Sidney.

Behind the High Wall
Behind the High Wall film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAbner Biberman
Produced byStanley Rubin
Screenplay byHarold Jack Bloom
Story byRichard K. Polimer
Wallace Sullivan
StarringTom Tully
Sylvia Sidney
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byTed J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • July 1956 (1956-07) (USA)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

It featured an early performance by John Gavin who had just signed with Universal.[1] It was sometimes referred to as his first film[2] although he had appeared in Raw Edge under another name. In February 1956 it was said "John Gilmore" was in the film but in the credits he is called "John Gavin".[3]



Inmates pull a prison break, taking the warden and another prisoner as hostages. But when the car gets into a crash, killing the others, the warden makes off with the gang's loot and places the blame on the other hostage.



  1. ^ Drama: Third Cagney Subject Developed by Writer; Stevens Slates 'Feud' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 22 June 1956: 23.
  2. ^ LONDON STAGE HIT BOUGHT FOR FILM: 'Summer of the Seventeenth Doll' Sold to Hecht--John Gavin Gets Starring Role Cast in 'Time to Love' Columbia Jobs Shifted By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 17 July 1957: 21.
  3. ^ Drama: 'Old Man and Sea' Youth Quest Slated Los Angeles Times 1 Feb 1956: 17.

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