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Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Crane Wilbur
Produced by Bryan Foy
Written by Crane Wilbur
Starring Steve Cochran
David Brian
Music by William Lava
Cinematography Edwin B. DuPar
Editing by Owen Marks
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) United States May 18, 1951
Running time 87 min.
Country  United States
Language English

Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison is a 1951 drama film starring Steve Cochran and David Brian. Set in Folsom State Prison in California, the film was seen both in the United States and Europe.

Country singer Johnny Cash saw this movie while serving in the United States Air Force in West Germany in 1952, and used it as an inspiration for his hit song "Folsom Prison Blues," which he recorded numerous times between 1958 and his death in 2003. The film was featured in the 2005 biographical film Walk the Line, in which Cash (played by Joaquin Phoenix) and other Air Force troops are depicted seeing the film.

In popular culture

In a 1992 episode of the British improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, during a game titled "Video Player", host Clive Anderson flips through a film book and when the audience tells him to "Stop", like they were supposed to, he landed on this movie, although mistakenly listed the year as 1955.

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