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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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Crime | Drama

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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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Routine But With An Unusual Villain
5 March 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This is like a lot of crime movies from Warner Brothers and RKO. In some ways, it seems a vehicle for John Garfield. And Garfield is extremely appealing as an honorable reporter.

The fascinating part is Stanley Fields, though. He plays the vicious mob boss who is an overgrown kid. He plays practical jokes. He is barely literate but love the funny papers. His two dogs are as nasty as he is and they accompany him to jail. In jail, he sets himself and his cronies up in the infirmary, throwing out all the legitimately sick people. There he plays with a model train set.

The plot is plausible. Garfield is Good. The Lane sister who gets high billing has only a few lines so who can judge. But Fields's character is the shocker here.


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