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Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 8 January 1943 (USA)
After Pearl Harbor, convicts at Alcatraz prison live in fear of bomb attacks, driving Champ Larkin and his pal Jimbo to a desperate escape attempt which lands them on a tiny lighthouse ... See full summary »

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After Pearl Harbor, convicts at Alcatraz prison live in fear of bomb attacks, driving Champ Larkin and his pal Jimbo to a desperate escape attempt which lands them on a tiny lighthouse island, where they take over. The five inhabitants are stymied in their efforts to summon aid. But the island also figures in the schemes of a big Nazi spy ring; which will win out, the gangsters' greed or their patriotism? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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You gotta admit; it's a pretty piece of masonry, that Alcatraz. But it never was a choice spot for a vacation. See more »

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The name on the crate the escapees were clinging to in San Francisco Bay is "H. Schlom". Herman Schlom is the film's producer. See more »

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The film shows the prison industries at Alcatraz shutting down due to supply shortages caused by the war. In reality, all of Alcatraz's industries were busier than ever during wartime. Most of their production was geared towards helping the war effort. Alcatraz's shops produced items like scrambling nets to be used during amphibious assaults, rubber mats for the sides of ships, etc. And, the prison's laundry services was the place local Army and Navy bases sent their soiled items. Alcatraz even received a citation for the contribution to the war effort it provided. (The convicts were actually enthusiastic workers as they were completely behind the war effort. There were even reports that when Navy ships passed close to the island, convicts in the exercise yard would cheer at the ships.) See more »

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Fun but a bit dopey.
12 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

James Craig and Frank Jenks play cell-mates in Alcatraz. They manage to escape this supposedly escape-proof prison and manage to make their way to a lighthouse that is occupied by several folks (including Cliff Edwards and Bonita Granville)--who they then hold prisoner. Little do they know that a German u-boat is nearby--waiting to invade America. Also, little do they know that one of these captives is a German agent!! And, amazingly enough, soon you see that there are spies all over San Francisco awaiting their Nazi overlords--including folks in defense plants and in high society!! What's next? See the film and find out for yourself.

While much of this film is pretty silly and filled with very obvious propaganda, it's certainly understandable considering it was made during the early days of WWII for the United States. The story was meant to create a sense of patriotism in the audience as well as a tiny bit of paranoia concerning enemy agents. The idea of Germans being in San Francisco was pretty silly, as they would have been much more likely to attack on the East coast. Why not make them Japanese agents instead? Who knows. All I know is that you must judge the film, to some extent, on how well it meets these objectives--not just how entertaining the film is when you see it today. And, on this level the film is rousing--the sort of cheesy stuff the public loved. Technically speaking, this is a well-made B-movie--with slightly better acting and production values than you'd expect...but, of course, a silly story at times. Overall, fun but a bit dopey.


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