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Join us for a free screening of the motion picture “Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison” at the museum!
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Performance Theater, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Cost: FREE Event!
“Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison”
Directed by Crane Wilbur
1951, Warner Brothers
Remastered in 2011; run time 87 minutes.
Companion programming to the special exhibit “1968: A Folsom Redemption,” “Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison” is a 1951 American film noir crime 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. Set during the 1920s, before the 1944 California prison reform, the story follows a sadistic prison warden who rules with a ruthless hand and the prison guard who crusades to stop him. Johnny Cash saw this movie while serving in the United States Air Force in West Germany in October 1951; and the film inspired him to write what would become his hit song “Folsom Prison Blues.”
The film screening will be held on the final day of the special exhibit “1968: A Folsom Redemption.” Those in attendance for the film screening will be given the opportunity to tour the special exhibit for free just prior to the film at 6:00 p.m. The film begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.