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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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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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18 July 2000 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

"Ellis Island" is a delightful comedy with a fairly accurate recreation of the Immigration Station at Ellis Island as it operated in the 1930's. The story centres around the INS Deporting Squad and some ruthless gangsters led by Jack LaRue. Top comedian was Donald Cook, while humourous romance increased the charm of the film.


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