Those High Grey Walls


1h 21m 1939

Film Details

Also Known As
Of Men's Lives, Prison Surgeon
Release Date
Sep 21, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Dr. MacAuley, an elderly, compassionate country doctor, is sent to prison for removing a bullet from a boy he had brought into the world and then allowing him, a fugitive from justice, to escape. Inside the high grey walls of the prison, the old doctor hopes to work in the prison hospital, but his hopes are dashed by Norton, the coldly efficient prison doctor, who refuses to allow MacAuley on his staff. As a result, MacAuley is assigned to work in the jute mill, but after he saves the life of Lindy, a prisoner who suffers a heart attack, the doctor is transferred to the hospital, where he gradually wins Norton's respect and confidence. MacAuley's compassion endears him to the inmates, but when Lindy offers the doctor $10,000 to administer an overdose of sedatives and thus end his misery, the doctor refuses. However, Lindy's bribe is accepted by Nightingale, one of the hospital orderlies, and consequently, when Lindy is found dead, MacAuley is accused of the crime. The inmates rally in support of the old doctor, who is finally exonerated by Redlands, a prisoner who overheard Lindy offer the bribe to Nightingale. While at the hospital, Redlands, who thinks he can find the stash of money Lindy has hidden on the outside, attempts to force Norton and MacAuley to help him escape, but he faints while watching the doctors perform an operation and is recaptured. All ends happily as MacAuley is granted a pardon by the warden, and his daughter Mary drives him home to begin life anew.

Cast

Walter Connolly

Doctor MacAuley

Onslow Stevens

Doctor Norton

Paul Fix

Nightingale

Bernard Nedell

Redlands

Iris Meredith

Mary MacAuley

Oscar O'shea

Warden

Nicholas Soussanin

Lindy

Don Beddoe

Jockey

Charles Williams

Stranger

William Bakewell

Kibitzer

Eddie Laughton

Bill

Lorna Gray

Nurse

Walter Baldwin

Mr. Mason

Mike Lally

Trusty

Steve Clark

Orderly

Herbert Vigran

Orderly

Nicholas Bela

Rattles

Eduardo Thomajan

Johnnie

Eva Hyde

Johnnie's girl

Philip Van Zandt

Freddie

Lee Ford

Joe Wilson

June Pickrell

Mrs. Wilson

Harry Bailey

Conductor

Dick Rush

Detective

Lou Fulton

Baggage man

Griff Barnette

Prison tailor

Edward Colebrook

Trusty waiter

Delmar Watson

Boy

Claire Mcdowell

Mother

Helen Brown

Wife

Jack Chapin

Delivery boy

Burr Caruth

Old man

Louise Copeland

Young girl

Ralph Peters

Stiff-necked convict

Frank Austin

Neck-brace convict

Jack Rice

Bruised-hand convict

Cy Schindell

Convict

Frank Bruno

Convict

Joe Bautista

Convict

Gene Stone

Convict

Eddie Foster

Convict

Jack Gardner

Convict

Ray Turner

Convict

Ernie Adams

Convict

Lester Dorr

Convict

Walter Sande

Convict

Charles Conrad

Convict

Ed Randolph

Convict

Harry Depp

Convict

Dick Curtis

Convict

John Tyrrell

Convict

Stanley Brown

Convict

Robert Sterling

Convict

James Coughlin

Convict

Paul Phillips

Convict

William Garner

Convict

Nick Copeland

Convict

Fred Warren

Convict

Frank Marlowe

Convict

Ed Fetherston

Convict

George Taylor

Convict

Eugene King

Convict

John Lester Johnson

Convict

Milton Kibbee

Convict

Robert Livingston

Convict

Dutch Hendrian

Convict

Bill Lally

Guard

Stanley Blystone

Guard

Jack Daley

Guard

Al Ferguson

Guard

George Guhl

Guard

Harry Strang

Guard

Eddie Cobb

Guard

Duke York

Guard

Chuck Hamilton

Guard

Bob Brennan

Guard

George Chesebro

Guard

Roger Gray

Guard

Charles Mcavoy

Guard

Jim Millican

Guard

Frank O'connor

Guard

Eugene Anderson

Robert Farfan

Film Details

Also Known As
Of Men's Lives, Prison Surgeon
Release Date
Sep 21, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 21m
Film Length
7 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Working titles for this film were Prison Surgeon and Of Men's Lives. Sources conflict as to the credit for assistant director; while the Screen Achievements Bulletin lists Robert Farfan, Hollywood Reporter production charts list Eugene Anderson.