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Duffy of San Quentin

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Duffy of San Quentin
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWalter Doniger
Written byWalter Doniger
Berman Swarttz
Based onThe San Quentin Story
by Clinton T. Duffy
Dean Jennings
Produced byWalter Doniger
Berman Swarttz
StarringLouis Hayward
Joanne Dru
Paul Kelly
Maureen O'Sullivan
George Macready
Horace McMahon
CinematographyJohn Alton
Edited byEdward Sampson
Chester W. Schaeffer
Music byPaul Dunlap
Swarttz-Doniger Productions
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • March 16, 1954 (1954-03-16)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States

Duffy of San Quentin is a 1954 American film noir crime film directed by Walter Doniger and written by Walter Doniger and Berman Swarttz. The film stars Louis Hayward, Joanne Dru, Paul Kelly, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready and Horace McMahon. The film was released by Warner Bros. on March 16, 1954.[1][2]


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Clinton T. Duffy (Paul Kelly (Kelly was a prisoners in San Quentin int the 1920s)) suddenly has a job few would ever want. He's the interim warden at San Quentin, given the job for 30 days after violence and corruption swept what was then the nation's largest prison facility. Duffy aims to make his few days matter, cracking down on notorious guards, wiping out a stool-pigeon network and hiring the institute's first female nurse (Joanne Dru). The reforms take hold. Duffy's 30 days would become 12 years. Based on his memoir, Duffy of San Quentin tells the story of the warden's pivotal early tenure through the prism of his interactions with volatile inmate Edward Harper (Louis Hayward). Filmmaker Walter Doniger guides the action. He next made the prison film The Steel Cage (with Kelly and Maureen O’Sullivan returning as the Duffys) and explored life behind bars again in The Steel Jungle



  1. ^ "Duffy of San Quentin (1954) - Overview". TCM.com. 1954-02-09. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1954-02-10). "Movie Review - Duffy of San Quentin - THE SCREEN IN REVIEW". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
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