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Blackwell's Island (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 25 March 1939 (USA)
In a fictional version of true events at the New York prison of Blackwell's Island in 1934, reporter Tim Haydon breaks up a crime organization run by racketeer Bull Bransom from within the ... See full summary »

Directors:

William C. McGann (as William McGann), Michael Curtiz (uncredited)

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (screenplay), Crane Wilbur (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Tim Haydon
Rosemary Lane ... Mary 'Sunny' Walsh
Dick Purcell ... Terry Walsh
Victor Jory ... Commissioner Thomas MacNair
Stanley Fields ... 'Bull' Bransom
Morgan Conway ... Steve Cardigan
Granville Bates ... Prison Warden Stuart 'Stu' Granger
Anthony Averill ... Brower, a Henchman
Peggy Shannon ... Pearl Murray
Charley Foy ... Benny Farmer (as Charles Foy)
Norman Willis ... Mike Garth, a Henchman
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Ben Rawden
Wade Boteler ... Capt. Pedersen
William B. Davidson ... Defense Attorney Hempel (as William Davidson)
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Storyline

In a fictional version of true events at the New York prison of Blackwell's Island in 1934, reporter Tim Haydon breaks up a crime organization run by racketeer Bull Bransom from within the prison. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha Sinistra See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $40 Bull pays for orchids would equate to nearly $700 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Bull is fleeing in the little speedboat, he fires seven shots from his snub-nose revolver. See more »

Quotes

Benny Farmer: Hi-ya, Wong. How ya feeling?
Wong, Prison Laundryman: Me very sick; me go see doctor again.
Tim Haydon: Say, how good is this doctor?
Benny Farmer: I'll give you an idea how good he is. He's been treating him three months for yellow jaundice, and only yesterday he found out he was a Chinaman.
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I watched a B-movie and daresay I enjoyed it.
19 March 2013 | by xFuntooshSee all my reviews

This was my first John Garfield film, and it has him in the first of many tough-guy roles, this time as journalist Tim Haydon, who's out to bring down city mob 'Bull' Bransom. I found it a rather enjoyable movie, and it's not too exhaustingly long, lasting only 75 minutes. John Garfield also puts in a stellar performance - his dialogue delivery and everything is spot-on, but the screenplay lets the actors down. Watched today, it seems more like a run-of-the-mill prison/gangster film, and a little dated, but if you haven't seen a lot of Warner Brothers or John Garfield films, this is an okay time-pass film. Now I'm off to watch some more of his other (supposedly better) films!


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