It opens in 1926 when three bank robbers, Theodore Kedrich, Jan Imarski, and Petra Lonelli, stage a daring daylight bank robbery and get away with a million dollars in cash. They are soon ... See full summary »

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It opens in 1926 when three bank robbers, Theodore Kedrich, Jan Imarski, and Petra Lonelli, stage a daring daylight bank robbery and get away with a million dollars in cash. They are soon apprehended and sent to prison for ten years but the money is not recovered. Flash forward to 1936 when all three men have been released from prison and are about to be deported back to where they came from via the Deportation department at Ellis Island. They arrive by the ferry boat and already on hand to bid them adieu, and possibly learn where they stashed the missing money, is gang leader Dude and his three henchmen, Nails, Moxie and Bugs, and also Kendrich's niece Betty Parker there to bid old Uncle Ted a fond goodbye. Also on Ellis Island is a crook called Solo, who has an upper hand as he has stolen the credentials of a Treasury Agent named Peter James and has access to the prisoners, and has cut a deal with Kendrichs to get him off of Ellis Island. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Bandits grab millions!

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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5 November 1936 (USA)  »

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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred in New York City Friday 17 May 1946 on DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). In Los Angeles, television viewers got their first look at it Sunday 20 March 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »

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In 1926, the gangsters drive by a storefront advertising American Airlines, which would not exist by that name until 1934. See more »

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it was nice to see Peggy Shannon
22 January 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Peggy Shannon was a pretty Follies show girl, who along with Sylvia Sidney was recruited by Paramount as insurance against Clara Bow, who was starting to become "difficult". (She had been worked so hard by Paramount in the 20s that by the early 30s her nerves were worn to pieces.) Sylvia Sidney became a legend but Peggy Shannon??? Unfortunately by the mid 30s she already had a drinking problem.

"Ellis Island" is a ho-hum crime drama. A criminal is sent to jail for a bank robbery. When he is released 10 years later at Ellis Island, he is met by some rival gangsters who hope he will take them to the money that has never been recovered.

Winsome Peggy Shannon plays Betty, the jailed gangster's niece, who along with Donald Cook and Kipp (who is on his way to his own wedding)try to solve the mystery of the missing money. Johnny Arthur, who usually played timid, henpecked types was Kip, Cooks offsider.

Betty Compson plays Adele, his bride to be.

Jack La Rue played one of the gangsters.

When Betty is kidnapped by rival gangsters because she happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, the film's action speeds up. The film is over so fast - with not even a kiss and fade out from the two stars - Donald Cook and Peggy Shannon.


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