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Alcatraz Island (1937)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 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.

Director:

William C. McGann (as William McGann)

Writer:

Crane Wilbur (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Litel ... Garrett Sloane aka 'Gat' Brady
Ann Sheridan ... Flo Allen
Mary Maguire ... Annabel Sloane aka Ann Brady
Gordon Oliver ... George Drake
Dick Purcell ... 'Harp' Santell
Ben Welden ... 'Red' Carroll
Addison Richards ... Fred MacLane
George E. Stone ... 'Tough Tony' Burke
Vladimir Sokoloff ... The Flying Dutchman
Peggy Bates ... Miss Tolliver
Doris Lloyd ... Miss Marquand
Charles Trowbridge ... Warden Jackson
Janet Shaw ... Sally Carruthers (as Ellen Clancy)
Veda Ann Borg ... The Red Head
Matty Fain Matty Fain ... Butch - Gat's Henchman
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Storyline

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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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'île du diable See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Connections

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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"Just the same in here as being in your grave, only you miss the fun of being dead."
19 December 2016 | by utgard14See all my reviews

'B' crime drama from Warner Bros. that stars John Litel, Gordon Oliver, Mary Maguire, and Ann Sheridan, to say nothing of a great supporting cast. The plot has awesomely-named racketeer Gat Brady (Litel) sent to Alcatraz where he feuds with a former criminal associate, while trying to keep his daughter (Maguire) out of danger. Oliver plays the lawyer who puts Gat away but winds up trying to help him. Sheridan is Gat's moll with a heart of gold.

Litel's not a perfect fit for a rough gangster type but he manages to make it work. Sheridan does well in one of many forgettable pictures she made before becoming a big star. Oliver and Maguire are fine, if unimpressive. The rest of the cast includes a bunch of recognizable faces like George E. Stone, Dick Purcell, Ben Welden, Addison Richards, Vladimir Sokoloff, Janet Shaw, Charles Towbridge, Peggy Bates, and Veda Ann Borg. It's a good pic for what it is - a relatively short, fast-paced programmer with a good cast playing out a familiar story as best they can. The scene depicting convicts going through an early version of a metal detector was pretty fascinating to me. This movie's not going to change your life or anything but there are worse ways to kill an hour.


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