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    Item title reads - Chessman - the end.

    Caryl Chessman is executed 12 years after sentencing for sex crimes, kidnapping and robbery when a secretary misdialled the number and failed to deliver the latest stay of execution in time. California, America (USA).

    L/S exterior of San Quentin prison. M/S guard's tower. M/S guard patrolling wall of prison. Various shots of prison buildings, a guard in the middle of the picture is standing in front of building known as condemned row.

    Interior M/S prisoner Caryl Chessman being interviewed by pressmen at a conference. Various shots of Chessman being interviewed. C/U of him smoking. Various shots of him, camera pans across journalists. Exterior of the main prison buildings. L/S buildings showing the gas chamber at the far end of an alley next to condemned row. M/S interior Chessman giving one of his last interviews to Ralph Champion of the 'Daily Mirror' one to one. Various shots of the interview. M/S as Chessman and Champion stand up and shake hands. C/U Chessman.

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  • Data

    Archive
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1960
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    52588
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    1678.16
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:29:00 / 01:23:24:00
    Canister:
    60/37
    Sort Number:
    60/037
  • Appears in...

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    US jail SVT Crime and Punishment- general Death Row
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (2)

  1. jloiacon says

    Does anyone know why Chessman used English spellings (e.g., gaol, tyres, etc.) when writing Cell 2455 Death Row? How autobiographical is it really?

  2. jloiacon says

    OK ... I see it was published in the UK. Perhaps the editor made the changes for his reading audience.

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