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Four Men in Prison

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Genre  Short
Screenplay  Mark Benney
Language  English
Director  Max Anderson
Initial DVD release  2010 (United Kingdom)
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Country  United Kingdom
Four Men in Prison movie poster
Writer  Mark Benney (dialogue)
Release date  1950 (1950)
Cast  Arthur Mullard, William Mervyn
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Four Men In Prison is a 1950 documentary film about English prison conditions directed by Max Anderson. Filmed at Wakefield Prison, it was commissioned for the purpose of educating people involved in criminal justice.

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The film was criticised for being inaccurate and sensational, and was quickly withdrawn.

Production

The film was made for educational purposes by the Central Office of Information to be shown privately to magistrates and others who were involved in administering criminal justice. The Home Office initiated production of the film, which cost £16,000. It was one of three produced under Donald Taylor at the Crown Film Unit and completed in 1950. John Grierson was the producer and the film was directed by Max Anderson.

Synopsis

The film deals with penology. It is semi-documentary. It depicts the impact that living in prison has on four very different offenders. One is serving a short sentence for a first-time offence, one is a youthful thief who is mentally sub-normal, one is being given training to prevent him from turning into a habitual criminal and the fourth is a hardened criminal who knows the ropes of prison existence.

Reception

The film was aired for the first time at a magistrate's conference. The reaction was immediate and public, with the film condemned for inaccuracy and sensationalism. The magistrates said the first offender and the mentally defective thief would not in fact have been sentenced in jail. The film "disappeared under a ban of official disapproval."

Cast

  • William Mervyn
  • Arthur Mullard, Prison officer
  • References

    Four Men in Prison Wikipedia
    Four Men in Prison IMDb Four Men in Prison themoviedb.org


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