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King of Alcatraz (1938)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 30 September 1938 (USA)
A convict who has just escaped from Alcatraz Prison takes over a passenger ship. Two of the ship's crew hatch a plot to overpower him and rescue the ship's passengers.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writer:

Irving Reis (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gail Patrick ... Dale Borden
Lloyd Nolan ... Raymond Grayson
Harry Carey ... Captain Glennan
J. Carrol Naish ... Steve Murkil
Robert Preston ... Robert MacArthur
Anthony Quinn ... Lou Gedney
Dennis Morgan ... First Mate Rogers (as Richard Stanley)
Virginia Dabney ... Bonnie Larkin
Richard Denning ... Harry Vay
Konstantin Shayne ... Murok
Nora Cecil ... Nora Kane
Emory Parnell ... Olaf
Virginia Vale ... Dixie (as Dorothy Howe)
John Hart ... 1st Radio Operator
Phil Warren Phil Warren ... Radio Operator (as Philip Warren)
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Ray Grayson (Lloyd Nolan) and Bob MacArthur (Robert Preston) , rival radio operators on twin steamers, are in constant fights about women, liquor an anything else they can think of. As punishment for a fight, the owner of the line assigns them both to the same ship.Once on board, the two men meet Dale Borden (Gail Patrick), the ship's nurse, on whom Ray had once had a crush, and who falls for her all over again. The passenger list of the ship, fourteen people in all, consists of tough-looking men, but at the last minute an old woman hobbles on board, escorted by a hard-looking blonde nurse. A week out at sea, the old lady proves to be the disguised Steve Murkil (J. Crroll Naish), notorious public enemy, , and the other passengers are his henchmen. They take possession at pistol point. Ray is dumped down the hatch as Bob is shot through the shoulder. Hours later, Ray puts together a crude radio sending set and sends out an S.O.S. Overheard by Murkill's henchmen, Ray is shot and gravely... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El tirano de Alcatraz See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television broadcast took place in Omaha Saturday 6 December 1958 on KETV (Channel 7), but the dubious nature of its title seemed to raise sponsor resistance, and further airings were few and far between. Over a year passed before there is any evidence of its being taken off the shelf again, and it popped up again, this time in Milwaukee 12 December 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Asheville, North Carolina 11 March 1960 on WLOS (Channel 13), and in Toledo, Ohio 12 March 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11). See more »

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Captain Glennan: [to Ray and Bob] Man and boy, I've sailed the seas for thirty years... and I've never lost a ship.
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Auspicious debut for energetic Robert Preston...
17 May 2008 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

An auspicious debut for energetic Robert Preston, this economical little B picture rises above the mundane largely because of its brisk pace and excellent performances...Preston and Lloyd Nolan (younger than I've ever seen him) are maritime radio operators relegated for a tour aboard a tramp steamer as a disciplinary action because of their penchant for wrecking cafes and bars while ashore, engaging in their violent camaradie and alpha male competition. In short, the two men are still just overgrown boys. However, when an escaped racketeer murderer and his gang pass themselves off as legitimate passengers and soon take over the ship, they both have to grow up fast or die, along with others that get in the way. The second half of the film builds a good deal of tension as the two men put their lives at risk in desperate attempts to thwart the murderous gangster, so aptly portrayed by J. Carrol Naish.


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