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Prison Train (1938)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama  -  17 October 1938 (USA)
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Frankie Terris and Mannie Robbins are the two most powerful gangsters in their city. Frankie has a young sister, Louise, whom he has kept at a boarding school away from the stench of his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Fred Keating ...
Frankie Terris
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Louise Terris (as Linda Winters)
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Train Steward / Sam
Faith Bacon ...
Maxine
Alexander Leftwich ...
Manny Robbins
James Blakeley ...
Joe Robbins (as James Blakely)
Sam Bernard ...
George
John Pearson ...
Red
Nestor Paiva ...
Morose
Val Stanton ...
Sullen
Peter Potter ...
Bill Adams
Kit Guard ...
Guard
Franklyn Farnum ...
The Lawyer
George Lloyd ...
Bull
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Frankie Terris and Mannie Robbins are the two most powerful gangsters in their city. Frankie has a young sister, Louise, whom he has kept at a boarding school away from the stench of his racketeering. Mannie's young son, Joe, is also ignorant of his father's profession. Louise and Joe meet, and Joe tries to make love to her. Frankie interrupts and, in a fight that follows, kills Joe. Mannie vows to get Frankie. The latter, sentenced to Alcatraz, fears for Louise's safety and makes her promise to take a trip abroad. Louise learns that Mannie plans to shoot Frankie on the train taking him to prison, and she stows away in hopes of warning her brother. On the train, she falls into the protective arms of Federal Agent Bill Adams. Before she has a chance to warn Frankie, Mannie's henchmen go to work and a gangland shootout ensues. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"Alcatraz is too good for him - I'll blast him to hell where he belongs" (original poster)

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17 October 1938 (USA)  »

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Husker du vor skoletid
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Music by Walter Kollo
Lyrics by Axel Kjerulf and Aage Juhl Thomsen
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Tight low-budget action pic
26 April 2003 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Considering its lowly production origins (Equity Pictures), this is a surprisingly tight, absorbing action picture with some good comic asides. Director Wiles, who also helmed several other fine B-pics (like The Gangster) keeps the film moving at a rapid pace without sacrificing character nuances and unexpected camera angles. The ending is a little abrupt, but still nifty. As always, Clarence Muse does an excellent turn with the little material provided in his pivotal part, and the comic relief gets off some good lines. Would make a fine double bill with The Narrow Margin or The Tall Target.


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