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Blackwell's Island (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 25 March 1939 (USA)
In a fictional version of true events at the New York prison of Blackwell's Island in 1934, reporter Tim Haydon breaks up a crime organization run by racketeer Bull Bransom from within the ... See full summary »

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(as William McGann), (uncredited)

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Dick Purcell ...
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Commissioner Thomas MacNair
Stanley Fields ...
'Bull' Bransom
Morgan Conway ...
Steve Cardigan
Granville Bates ...
Prison Warden Stuart 'Stu' Granger
Anthony Averill ...
Brower, a Henchman
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Pearl Murray
Charley Foy ...
Benny Farmer (as Charles Foy)
Norman Willis ...
Mike Garth, a Henchman
Joe Cunningham ...
Ben Rawden
Wade Boteler ...
Capt. Pedersen
William B. Davidson ...
Defense Attorney Hempel (as William Davidson)
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In a fictional version of true events at the New York prison of Blackwell's Island in 1934, reporter Tim Haydon breaks up a crime organization run by racketeer Bull Bransom from within the prison. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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25 March 1939 (USA)  »

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A Ilha Sinistra  »

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The first press screening was held at the Welfare Island Prison. See more »

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Great B Movie Fun
28 August 1999 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies which are jammed packed with actors who's names we don't recall but who's faces are very familiar because they appear in so many of these great B movies. About the only well known actors are John Garfield and Victor Jory. This film is about a New York protection racket boss, played by Stanley Fields as somewhat menacing yet also a comic figure. He and two of his henchmen get sent to a local prison on a Hudson River island, where they end-up taking control and have the warden and his staff do their bidding. Garfield plays a crusading crime reporter who arranges to become a prisoner on the island so as to get the goods on the mob. It's great fun with lots of action, laughs, and good solid performances by all parties. You won't take this picture very serious but you will have a lot of fun while watching it.


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