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Prison Train (1938)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 17 October 1938 (USA)
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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Fred Keating ...
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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
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Morose
Val Stanton ...
Sullen
Peter Potter ...
Kit Guard ...
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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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This was the only film appearance of famous fan dancer and Burlesque performer Faith Bacon who plays Maxine. She took her own life in 1956 at the age of forty-six. See more »

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Music by Walter Kollo
Lyrics by Axel Kjerulf and Aage Juhl Thomsen
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A Must for Both Noir Fans and Train Freaks
6 November 2008 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by Prison Train (1938) in which director Gordon Wiles, of all people, makes such an ingenious use of his real locations, stock footage and second-string cast that the result is quite a thrilling film noir which can be favorably compared with The Narrow Margin, despite its muscle budget. Dorothy Comingore comes across well as the pleasing heroine, while Peter Potter does okay as the obliging hero, but the movie's stand-out performance is delivered by Clarence Muse who makes the most of his best role ever as one of the villain's heavies on the train. Photographer Marcel Le Picard who worked on nearly 200 movies (despite a four year break in the middle of his career, 1934-1937) also does some mightily impressive noirish work here, and the film editing of Edward Schroeder likewise rates as a stand-out. Train buffs, of course, will need no encouragement to watch this movie and they too will be thrilled far more than their modest expectations.


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