After another short break, I’m back with a vengeance! In fact, we’re crashing out tonight. Our video for this week is the trailer for R.G. Springsteen‘s prison melodrama Revolt in the Big House (1958). Timothy can be seen doing his thing as Ed “Bugsy” Kyle (aka “The Chest”), smooching his machine gun and blowing stuff up.
This trailer has the Something Weird Video stamp on the lower right corner, but it’s no longer a part of their catalog. It was recently released on DVD by Warner Bros. – get your copy today!
Our pic today takes another look at Revolt in the Big House (1958), the low-budget prison yarn directed by R.G. Springsteen. Big man on campus Bugsy Kyle holds forth while his lackeys Red (John Dennis, in the back) and Al (Sam Edwards) look on in approval.
My MSTie pals will recognize Edwards from Paul Frees‘ The Beatniks (1960). “Send up some more booze! You know, gas water! Laugh juice!” He spent pretty much his entire life in show business, making his stage debut as an infant in the arms of his mother, actress Edna Park, in a production of Tess of the Storm Country. He was a dependable character player in films and on television for decades, and also did lots of character voice work for Disney, among many others.
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.
Our pic today is a lobby card from R.G. Springsteen‘s Revolt in the Big House (1958), the entertaining low-budget prison drama starring Gene Evans, Robert Blake and third-billed Timothy. Here we see the gang plotting said revolt in the prison greenhouse.
Of all the memorabilia for Tim’s films, items for Revolt seem to be the most ubiquitous and readily available. A casual search on eBay will always turn up stills and lobby cards from this film. Given that, it’s strange that I’ve yet to run across a trailer. I’m guessing there’s one out there somewhere.
Today we go up the river once again with Revolt in the Big House (1958), directed by R.G. Springsteen (no relation to Bruce, as far as I know). Timothy’s Bugsy Kyle has just gotten a look at the new guy, Lou Gannon (Gene Evans).
Another character in the film refers to Bugsy as “the one with the chest.” Here’s another example of Tim taking what could have been a routine stereotypical part and putting his unique stamp on it. Until Revolt sees a long-overdue proper DVD release, get yourself a copy right here.
Our pic for today is another production still from Revolt in the Big House (1958), directed by R.G. Springsteen. Tim and the great Gene Evans (Sam Fuller‘s The Steel Helmet) are busy plotting said revolt.
Tim in his undershirt… oh, my. Ahem. Anyway, here’s another of Tim’s movies that has yet to see an official DVD release. Until that finally happens, please go here for this one, Bayou, Speedtrap, and many other stellar cult movie faves.