Though it's loaded with the usual prison yarn cliches and stereotyped guards and cons, this incarceration tale is above average because of a superb cast and plenty of action. Set in the 1920s and actually filmed in California's tough Folsom Prison, the film features Cochran as the toughest
con in the joint, whose diehard followers are dedicated to his escape plans. Goading them on is sadistic warden de Corsia and a bevy of brutal guards. The prisoners under de Corsia's vicious rule are indiscriminately beaten and tortured, their lives made into hellish nightmares. Then humane Brian
enters the system as the guards' captain and immediately begins to institute reforms...