Charles Marquis (1952)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Hellgate is a remote prison in New Mexico where the brutal regime in the 1860s is made worse by the desert heat. Sterling Hayden plays the wrongly imprisoned veterinary surgeon, persecuted by the harsh and embittered commandant portrayed by Ward Bond, in this unremittingly grim production. Written and directed by Charles Marquis Warren, this low-budget western becomes too reminiscent of John Ford's much superior The Prisoner of Shark Island, and the true story behind it, when the vet's medical skills come in handy during a deadly epidemic.


A case of mistaken identity leads to an innocent man being unfairly sent to prison, where his only options are to escape or die at the hands of vicious guards and violent inmates. Western, starring Sterling Hayden, Ward Bond, Joan Leslie and Jim Arness.

Cast & Crew

Actor Sterling Hayden
Actor Ward Bond
Actor Joan Leslie
Actor Jim Arness
Director Charles Marquis

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Anglo Amalgamated