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Alcatraz Island (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 6 November 1937 (USA)
A man who has been railroaded into prison is framed for the murder of a fellow inmate and must prove his innocence.

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(as William McGann)

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(original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Garrett Sloane aka 'Gat' Brady
... Flo Allen
... Annabel Sloane aka Ann Brady
... George Drake
... 'Harp' Santell
... 'Red' Carroll
... Fred MacLane
... 'Tough Tony' Burke
... The Flying Dutchman
... Miss Tolliver
... Miss Marquand
... Warden Jackson
... Sally Carruthers (as Ellen Clancy)
... The Red Head (scenes deleted)
Matty Fain ... Butch - Gat's Henchman
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A man who has been railroaded into prison is framed for the murder of a fellow inmate and must prove his innocence.

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THE ROCK...for killers too tough for steel walls to cage! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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6 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'île du diable  »

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This was the first film set in the prison on Alcatraz Island, which had opened in 1934. See more »

Quotes

Tough Tony Burke: Wait till you get in your bunk tonight. The fog settles in over the bay and the siren in the lighthouse begins to moan. It's just the same in here as being in your grave - only you miss the fun of being dead.
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Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing for Sale
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Played as dance music at Gat's party
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Flat
26 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

No need to recap the plot. The movie's a surprisingly flat crime drama from hard edge Warner Bros. There's very little to comment on since the acting, directing, and staging are so colorless and pedestrian, to say the least. To bad that the male leads-- Litel, Oliver, and Purcell-- fail to inject any needed spark to heighten the proceedings. In fact, no one in front or behind the camera appears particularly motivated. Note in passing, how mildly racketeer Brady is portrayed (never killed or hurt anybody) so that his eventual reform goes down easily. That's Production Code Hollywood again taking the easy way out-- no awkward moral threads left dangling. Too bad actress Sheridan is given no chance to demonstrate her patented brand of sassy spunk. But I guess that would come later, and a good thing for the studio. Then too, it looks like the only glimpses we get of the real Alcatraz are by air, which are not very atmospheric. Anyway, this is WB's normally expert gangster department operating at snoozer level despite the promising title.


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