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 »
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
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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 »
Early in the film, Champ and Jimbo are shown reading a newspaper which describes the current news about the war. At Alcatraz, newspapers were not allowed. All news was announced to the convicts solely at the Warden's discretion. Major events like the attack on Pearl Harbor were announced, however convicts generally didn't get a daily update on the events of the war. See more »
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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