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Blackwell's Island (1939)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  25 March 1939 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Rosemary Lane ...
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
Peggy Shannon ...
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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I watched a B-movie and daresay I enjoyed it.
19 March 2013 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

This was my first John Garfield film, and it has him in the first of many tough-guy roles, this time as journalist Tim Haydon, who's out to bring down city mob 'Bull' Bransom. I found it a rather enjoyable movie, and it's not too exhaustingly long, lasting only 75 minutes. John Garfield also puts in a stellar performance - his dialogue delivery and everything is spot-on, but the screenplay lets the actors down. Watched today, it seems more like a run-of-the-mill prison/gangster film, and a little dated, but if you haven't seen a lot of Warner Brothers or John Garfield films, this is an okay time-pass film. Now I'm off to watch some more of his other (supposedly better) films!


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