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Alcatraz Island is a 1937 American drama film directed by William C. McGann and written by Crane Wilbur. The film stars John Litel, Ann Sheridan, Mary Maguire, Gordon Oliver, Dick Purcell and Ben Welden. The film was released by Warner Bros. on November 6, 1937.[1][2]

Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam C. McGann
Produced byBryan Foy
Screenplay byCrane Wilbur
StarringJohn Litel
Ann Sheridan
Mary Maguire
Gordon Oliver
Dick Purcell
Ben Welden
Music byHeinz Roemheld
CinematographyL. William O'Connell
Edited byFrank DeWar
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 6, 1937 (1937-11-06)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States





Frank Nugent of The New York Times said, "This rough-and-ready outline may not convey it, but the film has a compact plot, smooth performances by John Litel and the little-known others, and a good bit of interesting material on the present residence of Al Capone. Whether the Alcatraz scenes are accurate or not is beside the point; they do make good watching. And so, for all its Class B-ishness, does the picture."[3]


  1. ^ "Alcatraz Island (1937) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  2. ^ "Alcatraz Island". Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  3. ^ Nugent, Frank S. (1937-10-14). "Movie Review - Alcatraz Island - THE SCREEN; The Freres Warner Continue Their Penal Researches in 'Alcatraz Island,' Showing at the Strand". Retrieved 2015-08-27.

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