A group of prisoners being transported by train to Alcatraz prison plot an escape.

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Doug Forbes (as Donald Barry)
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William Phipps ...
Tommy Callahan
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Guard Grady
June Storey ...
Virginia Marley
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Aunt Ella
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Bart Kanin
Chester Clute ...
Train Conductor Yelvington
Ralph Dunn ...
U.S. Marshal Mark Stevens
Richard Irving ...
Andy Anders
John Alvin ...
Nick
Michael Carr ...
Marty Mason
Marc Krah ...
Slip Mahaffey
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Hutch Hutchins
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Geronimo
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The last car of a transcontinental train streaking through desolate desert country is filled with convicts headed for Alcatraz. Each is filled but with one thought---escape! Mobster Bart Kanin has an escape angle that "can't miss"---providing there's a fall guy. Having framed young Tommy Callahan on a murder rap, Kanin plans on killing two birds with one stone by making him the victim. Kanin refuses to string along, knowing that Kanin and his moll, Virginia, pinned the murder charge on him while the real killer, Marty Mason, went free. He turns to tough-guy Doug Forbes, Kanin's rival, for protection. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Prisoners bound for Alcatraz engineer a breakout from the prison train
10 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Train to Alcatraz" (1948) is a very tough and brutal story. It's one of those Republic crime stories that run about an hour. I'd call it noir because of both the criminal characters shown and the stark confrontations between them and the cops on board the train. The dialog is hard-boiled. The situation involving hostages is very tense and high stakes. No easy solution is presented.

Film fans will recognize quite a few character actors in this movie. Don 'Red' Barry is a convict, as are Milburn Stone, Denver Pyle, Iron Eyes Cody, John Doucette, John Alvin and others. William Phipps is a prisoner falsely convicted. Roy Barcroft, cast against type, is an unyielding guard.

Desperate men will do desperate things.


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