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El presidio was the Spanish-language version of M-G-M's 1930 film, The Big House, which was directed by George Hill and starred Chester Morris and Wallace Beery. Cast and crew credits were derived from a studio cutting continuity. French and German versions were also made in Culver City, but no record of their exhibition in the U.S. has been located. According to studio records, the French film was titled Big House, but was also known as Rvolte dans le prison. It was directed by Paul Fjos and starred Charles Boyer and Andr Berley. The German version, which was entitled Menschen hinter Gittern, was also directed by Fjos and starred Heinrich George and Gustav Diessl. A version in Italian, Carcere, was a dubbed version of El presidio.