This movie centers around a prison escape from the Colorado State Penitentiary. There are 12 escapees and it shows the efforts placed to capture these men.

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Roy Best ...
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Freeman
Alfred Linder ...
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Ray Bennett ...
Willie Bennett
Robert Kellard ...
Officer Winston R. Williams
Richard Irving ...
George Hernandez
Bud Wolfe ...
Officer Clark
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This movie centers around a prison escape from the Colorado State Penitentiary. There are 12 escapees and it shows the efforts placed to capture these men. Written by Gerald W. Riley

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Filmed with the naked fury of FACT!


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30 June 1948 (USA)  »

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The radio station shown broadcasting from Warden Best's office, KRLN, was and still is an actual station in Canon City, Colorado, broadcasting on 1400 AM (2016). See more »

Goofs

Immediately after the prison break, there's a shot of a crowd of people leaving a movie theatre, with Abbott & Costello in tt0040652 (another Eagle-Lion release) prominently displayed on the readerboard. Only problem is, the break took place 30 December 1947, and The Noose Hangs High wasn't released until the end of the following April. See more »

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References The Noose Hangs High (1948) See more »

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Prison Break Docudrama from 1948
27 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Canon City" (spelled c-a-n-o-n but pronounced as "canyon") is an example of a type of film prominent in the late 1940s: the docudrama. Usually these films had a noirish sensibility and were almost always about gritty subject matter. They were part documentary and part fiction -- filmed on location in actual locales with objective third-party narration, stripped-down production values and a journalistic focus on presenting events matter-of-factly and without superfluous emotion.

"Canon City" tells the story of a famous prison break from a Colorado penitentiary. The first part of the film gives us a tour of the prison and introduces us to men who were the actual inmates at the time the movie was filmed; the chief warden of the prison likewise plays the warden in the movie. After this extended prologue, actors take over to portray the actual escape and the subsequent manhunt that put families living nearby at risk as the escaped cons used their homes as hideouts.

The film is very spare and terse, which is not a criticism from me. It's a refreshing break from the Hollywood melodrama that characterized glossier, studio-backed movies at the time. But the film is SO bare bones that it's difficult to feel strongly one way or the other about it. Its bargain-bin look is a nice compliment to the story it's telling, but one can't help but miss the style that artists who came with a higher price tag might have brought to the same material.

Grade: B


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