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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
Charley Foy ...
Benny Farmer (as Charles Foy)
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Mike Garth, a Henchman
Joe Cunningham ...
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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Crime | Drama

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25 March 1939 (USA)  »

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A Ilha Sinistra  »

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

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Routine But With An Unusual Villain
5 March 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is like a lot of crime movies from Warner Brothers and RKO. In some ways, it seems a vehicle for John Garfield. And Garfield is extremely appealing as an honorable reporter.

The fascinating part is Stanley Fields, though. He plays the vicious mob boss who is an overgrown kid. He plays practical jokes. He is barely literate but love the funny papers. His two dogs are as nasty as he is and they accompany him to jail. In jail, he sets himself and his cronies up in the infirmary, throwing out all the legitimately sick people. There he plays with a model train set.

The plot is plausible. Garfield is Good. The Lane sister who gets high billing has only a few lines so who can judge. But Fields's character is the shocker here.


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