Escape from San Quentin

Escape from San Quentin is a 1957 film noir crime film directed by Fred F. Sears and starring Johnny Desmond and Merry Anders.[1]

Escape from San Quentin
Directed byFred F. Sears
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byBernard Gordon
(originally as Raymond T. Marcus)
StarringJohnny Desmond
Merry Anders
Music byLaurindo Almeida
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edited bySaul A. Goodkind
Clover Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 1957 (1957-09)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


Mike Gilbert is doing time at San Quentin prison in California. His sentence doesn't have long to go, but when fellow convict Roy Gruber plans a breakout and wants pilot Gilbert to help steal a plane and fly them out of the country, splitting $120,000 in stolen money Gruber has hidden, Gilbert goes along, having heard his wife Georgie wants a divorce.

During their escape, inmate Hap Graham tries to tag along. The plane only holds two passengers, so Gruber roughly throws Hap to the ground, injuring him. Low on fuel, the plane can make it only as far as a rural road where Gruber knocks a man unconscious and steals his truck.

Mike gets in touch with his sister-in-law Robbie, who tries and fails to get Georgie to help her husband. The money's in Los Angeles, hidden by Gruber's father, Curly. With police watching, Gruber gets a friend named Richie try to retrieve it. Hap turns up, seeking revenge, but he is killed and Richie badly hurt. Robbie comes along as the fugitives flee across the border to Tijuana. The ruthless Gruber decides to take Robbie captive and murders his friend Richie.

Mike has little choice but to help the border patrol capture his crony and rescue the girl. He saves a Mexican policeman's life in the process, which law authorities say they will take into consideration as they return Mike to jail, with Robbie promising to wait for him.



  1. Singer Desmond Will Play Dramatic Role Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 27 May 1957: C8

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