In Nazi Germany in 1936 seven men escape from a concentration camp. The camp commander puts up seven crosses and, as the Gestapo returns each escapee he is put to death on a cross. The ... See full summary »
This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 8 August 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Friday 29 December 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11), as part of their series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. Its New York City telecast was most likely delayed in order to protect the theatrical engagements of its re-release in tandem with Captain Caution (1940) which were still in progress. See more »
It's not exactly the most memorable film I've ever seen, but at least it tries to be different!
The best way to describe this film is by saying it's like an Australian version of ROBIN HOOD. In this case, the film is set during the penal colony days in Australia. George Zucco plays an unscrupulous jerk who buys up all the prisoners to be his indentured servants (though he treats them like his ranch is Devil's Island). In addition, he's power-mad and wants to force all the small nearby farmers to run away by having his thugs attack them one at a time. However, Brian Ahern plays an Irish patriot who was banished to the land down-under and he won't live like a slave, so he leads a small rebellion. With his group of suddenly free men, they embark on a campaign to unify and protect the small nearby farms from the evil Zucco.
Brian Ahern, not a familiar leading man, does a fine job and he is very ably assisted by Victor MacLaglen in a semi-comedic role. The film is exciting and fun, though a tad predictable--much like a Saturday morning B-adventure film from the era.
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