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Canon City (1948)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 30 June 1948 (USA)
Twelve inmates plan a prison break from the Colorado State Penitentiary but one of them reluctantly joins the group.


Crane Wilbur


Crane Wilbur (original screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Brady ... Jim Sherbondy
Jeff Corey ... Carl Schwartzmiller
Whit Bissell ... Heilman
Stanley Clements ... New
Charles Russell ... Tolley
DeForest Kelley ... Smalley
Ralph Byrd ... Officer Gray
Mabel Paige ... Mrs. Oliver
Roy Best Roy Best ... Himself (as Warden Roy Best)
Henry Brandon ... Freeman
Alfred Linder Alfred Linder ... Lavergne
Robert Bice ... Morgan
Ray Bennett ... Willie Bennett
Robert Kellard ... Officer Winston R. Williams
Richard Irving Richard Irving ... George Hernandez


This movie centers around a prison escape from the Colorado State Penitentiary. There are 12 escapees and it shows the efforts placed to capture these men. Written by Gerald W. Riley

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


...Where It Actually Happened With The People It Happened To! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

30 June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood on the Snow See more »


Box Office


$424,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,200,000, 31 December 1948
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bryan Foy Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Scott Brady. See more »


Immediately after the prison break, there's a shot of a crowd of people leaving a movie theatre, with Abbott & Costello in The Noose Hangs High (another Eagle-Lion release) prominently displayed on the readerboard. Only problem is, the break took place 30 December 1947, and The Noose Hangs High wasn't released until the end of the following April. See more »


References The Noose Hangs High (1948) See more »

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Tense and Realistic
2 November 2001 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

A fine prison break movie from Crane Wilbur by way of Eagle-Lion Pictures, Canon City is a very good, tense film, based on a true incident, about a group of men who break of of the eponymous state prison, where the movie was also filmed. There is particular emphasis on two escapees, a reluctant one who is basically a decent guy, and a more aggressive one, who isn't. As portrayed by Scott Brady and Jeff Corey these characters come to life and compel our interest, and in Brady's case sympathy.

As photographed by the masterful John Alton, the picture is a pleasure to watch, as Mr. Alton was a master of light and shadow, and is obviously in his element with this dark story. He brightens things up in the end with a snowstorm, which enables the picture to end on a grace note, and even a feeling of optimism, not wholly justified by the events we have just witnessed.

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