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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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Succotash with Plenty of Corn
4 September 2003 | by (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

This is a neat little RKO programmer from 1942. We were in full patriotic fervor and it shows. All the ingredients are present. A couple of scoundrels escape from Alcatraz and end up at a remote lighthouse somewhere in San Francisco Bay. Although we know that only the worst of the worst were ever sent there, somehow this movie would like us to think they were arrested for selling ties on the street corner without a permit. There is an appealing cast of characters at the lighthouse, including Bonita Granville, and a weasel played by Erford Gage who is an undercover Nazi spy. The cons inadvertently kill the spy just before he is to pass on some valuable information from a Nazi sub to a cosmopolitan spy ring in SF. There is the inevitable confrontation between the Nazi spies and the cons - and guess who wins. According to the protocol of the times, even vicious gangsters were preferable to these Nazi vermin.

A note about the cast. James Craig must be the worst actor ever to work in Hollywood. He looks good, but he telegraphs every move he makes and acts like a Ray Harryhausen mockup. Frank Jenks made a great living playing wisecracking sidekicks - and for good reason. Bonita Granville looks as good as ever, but she underplays her role for a change to good advantage. John Banner (from Hogan's Heros) plays the Nazi big cheese. If it weren't for his voice, I would never have recognized him. Slender, sophisticated, and rather handsome. Nobody else is really notable except, perhaps, Erford Gage who plays the undercover Nazi spy. What an odd looking guy.

At 65 minutes this won't take up much of your time, but I think it's worth it. But then I was a fan of Brass Bancroft and Dick Tracy. Besides, I like lighthouses.


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