6.2/10
243
11 user 3 critic

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 »

Directors:

(as William McGann), (uncredited)

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Over the Wall (1938)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Jerry Davis is a street tough and troublemaker who winds up in Sing Sing framed for murder. There he discovers he has a great singing voice, and with the help of prison chaplain Father ... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Dick Foran, June Travis, John Litel
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An insurance adjustor tangles with a big insurance-fraud gang.

Director: William Clemens
Stars: Ronald Reagan, Sheila Bromley, Gloria Blondell
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The daring of the racketeers, all working for one organization, in an east coast city leads the Governor to create a new undercover law agency formed to combat the gangsters, and to find ... See full summary »

Director: William Clemens
Stars: John Litel, Dick Purcell, Jean Dale
Lucky Night (1939)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A wealthy woman meets a bum on a park bench and marries him the same evening.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Myrna Loy, Robert Taylor, Joseph Allen
The Window (1949)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

To avoid the heat of a sweltering summer night a 9 year old Manhattan boy decides to sleep on the fire escape and witnesses a murder, no one will believe him.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy
Certificate: Passed Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A rookie flyer, Ens. Alan Drake, joins the famous Hellcats Squadron right out of flight school in Pensacola. He doesn't make a great first impression when he is forced to ditch his airplane... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Robert Taylor, Ruth Hussey, Walter Pidgeon
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Detective Sam Campbell and his perky sidekick Robby Vance are called in on a routine child support dispute. Things take an unexpected turn when the client's ex-father-in-law, the head of a ... See full summary »

Director: William Clemens
Stars: Jane Wyman, Jerome Cowan, Faye Emerson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man who has been railroaded into prison is framed for the murder of a fellow inmate and must prove his innocence.

Director: William C. McGann
Stars: John Litel, Ann Sheridan, Mary Maguire
Mystery House (1938)
Adventure | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Banker Hubert Kingery invites fellow officers to his hunting lodge only to announce that one of them has forged critical company documents. Later, he is found shot to death, apparently at ... See full summary »

Director: Noel M. Smith
Stars: Dick Purcell, Ann Sheridan, Anne Nagel
The Prowler (1951)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Drama about three girl graduates of an orphanage whose paths cross.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Margaret Lindsay, Ann Sheridan, Marie Wilson
Broadway Bill (1934)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Walter Connolly
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Commissioner Thomas MacNair
...
'Bull' Bransom
...
Steve Cardigan
...
Prison Warden Stuart 'Stu' Granger
...
Brower, a Henchman
...
Pearl Murray
Charley Foy ...
Benny Farmer (as Charles Foy)
...
Mike Garth, a Henchman
Joe Cunningham ...
Ben Rawden
Wade Boteler ...
Capt. Pedersen
...
Defense Attorney Hempel (as William Davidson)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Ilha Sinistra  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Have Fun in Prison
6 August 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

On the waterfront in New York City, practical joking extortionist Stanley Fields (as Bull Bransom) is not amused when reporter John Garfield (as Tim Haydon) starts writing a series of articles exposing his racket. After beating up policeman Dick Purcell (as Terry Walsh), Mr. Fields is sentenced to "Blackwell's Island". But Fields soon has the prison operating like his private country club, with criminal activity continuing. Mr. Garfield goes undercover as an inmate to investigate. Playing Mr. Purcell's pretty sister, nurse Rosemary Lane (as Sunny), provides Garfield with a romantic interest.

**** Blackwell's Island (3/2/39) William McGann ~ John Garfield, Stanley Fields, Dick Purcell, Rosemary Lane


1 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?