Pic of the Day: “House of Numbers” revisited

Tuesday’s pic is one of my latest eBay acquisitions. It’s an original still from Russell Rouse’s prison drama House of Numbers (1957), starring Jack Palance in a dual role. Tim is uncredited but his usual scene-stealing self as Palance’s cellmate Frenchy.

Another young character actor from Brooklyn by the name of Joseph Turkel also appears as a prisoner, also uncredited. He and Tim would end up in four films together. Can you name them?

Pic of the Day: “House of Numbers”

Today’s pic (click to embiggen, but you know that right?) is from Russell Rouse’s House of Numbers (1957). Jack Palance had an unusual dual role as brothers Arnie and Bill Judlow (identical but not twins – how does that work?). Arnie’s in San Quentin (the movie was actually filmed there) and Bill is helping to bust him out. He and Arnie manage to switch places (don’t ask, it’s complicated, just watch the movie). Bill encounters Arnie’s new cellmate, Frenchy.

House of Numbers
“You been to any other colleges?” Frenchy asks. “I’m taking a post-graduate course.” He later confesses to being hungry and looking forward to the “crepes suzette” they will undoubtedly be serving in the mess hall. House of Numbers, rarely screened and not officially released on DVD, recently made a big splash at the Noir City festival in Los Angeles.