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Train to Alcatraz (1948)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 June 1948 (USA)
A group of prisoners being transported by train to Alcatraz prison plot an escape.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Forbes (as Donald Barry)
Tommy Callahan
Guard Grady
Virginia Marley
Aunt Ella
Bart Kanin
Train Conductor Yelvington
U.S. Marshal Mark Stevens
Richard Irving ...
Andy Anders
Michael Carr ...
Marty Mason
Marc Krah ...
Slip Mahaffey
Hutch Hutchins


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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28 June 1948 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Very tense and exciting...but occasionally the writing disappoints.
12 May 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Train to Alcatraz" is a frustrating B-movie. Despite having a cast of mostly no-name actors, it really is incredibly tense and exciting. But, sadly, the writing sometimes is pretty poor--with logical and dialog issues that could have been resolved given a minor re-write.

The film is set on a train headed to Alcatraz prison. There are regular passengers and prisoners in their own well guarded car...and you KNOW by the end of the movie the prisoners are going to make an attempted escape. When it does finally arrive, the film heats up and becomes incredibly exciting. But as for the writing, the women in the film are written horribly. The lady who is trying so hard to see the prisoners because she feels sorry for them is pretty dumb-- as is the reaction to the guard she keeps bothering to 'get a peek'. You sure would think this would arouse SOMEONE'S suspicions as well as the other woman. Yet, inexplicably, no one seems to notice...and the women are quite illogical throughout the film...and completely unnecessary. Sad...but in spite of this the film is worth seeing.

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