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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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Commissioner Thomas MacNair
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'Bull' Bransom
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Steve Cardigan
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Prison Warden Stuart 'Stu' Granger
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Brower, a Henchman
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Pearl Murray
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Benny Farmer (as Charles Foy)
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Mike Garth, a Henchman
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Ben Rawden
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Capt. Pedersen
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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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A Ilha Sinistra  »

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Trivia

John Garfield made this film before Four Daughters (1938) but when "Four Daughters" became a major hit and made Garfield a star, the release of this film was held up while Warner Brothers called in director Michael Curtiz to shoot additional footage featuring Garfield to capitalize on his success in "Four Daughters". It was finally released in 1939. See more »

Goofs

When Bull is fleeing in the little speedboat, he fires seven shots from his snub-nose revolver. See more »

Quotes

Benny Farmer: Hi-ya, Wong. How ya feeling?
Wong, Prison Laundryman: Me very sick; me go see doctor again.
Tim Haydon: Say, how good is this doctor?
Benny Farmer: I'll give you an idea how good he is. He's been treating him three months for yellow jaundice, and only yesterday he found out he was a Chinaman.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Garfield (1962) See more »

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I'm surprised this movie has such a low rating
14 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It will not be on anyone's Top Ten list, nor should it be. It's not a great movie.

But it's certainly a good one, and downright exciting at the end.

It also falls into one of the categories of movies that Hollywood really doesn't make anymore, at least in the same way.

Are some of our prisons as corrupt as this one? It wouldn't surprise me, though the corruption is probably not as visible as in this movie.

What makes this movie work for me is John Garfield's energy and determination. Once he gets himself arrested and sent to prison, things really start to take off.

No, the end is not surprising. You know that his character is unlikely to be killed. He is likely to break the story he went after and break the criminal's hold over the prison. But the way he did it held me.

You could do worse than to watch this movie.


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