Our pic of the day is another publicity still from Revolt in the Big House (1958), the entertaining low-budget prison crash-out drama directed by R.G. Springsteen, who specialized in Westerns. Ed “Bugsy” Kyle and Doc (John Qualen) find themselves in the midst of the revolt in full swing, no turning back and in it to win it.
Qualen was truly one of the greatest and busiest character actors in films and later on television. His career spanned from the early 1930s to the mid-1970s. His somewhat nervous but memorable presence graced such classics as The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), and Casablanca (1942). He was one of John Ford‘s favorite featured players.