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Blackwell's Island (film)

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Blackwell's Island
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam C. McGann
Screenplay byCrane Wilbur
Story byCrane Wilbur
Lee Katz
Produced byBryan Foy
StarringJohn Garfield
Rosemary Lane
Dick Purcell
Victor Jory
Stanley Fields
Morgan Conway
CinematographySidney Hickox
Edited byDoug Gould
Music byBernhard Kaun
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • March 25, 1939 (1939-03-25)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

Blackwell's Island is a 1939 American crime drama film directed by William C. McGann and written by Crane Wilbur. The film stars John Garfield, Rosemary Lane, Dick Purcell, Victor Jory, Stanley Fields and Morgan Conway. The film was released by Warner Bros. on March 25, 1939.[1][2]

It was based on a real life scandal on Welfare Island.[3]


A reporter (Garfield) covers the racketeering of a mobster (Fields) which caused the assault of a boat captain. The mobster has a police officer (Purcell) beaten and the reporting causes the mobster to go to prison for it. The reporter then assaults a DA to get thrown into the prison to report on the mobster's corruption from jail.



  1. ^ "Blackwell's Island (1939) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  2. ^ Nugent, Frank S. (1939-03-02). "Movie Review - Blackwell s Island - THE SCREEN; Passing Comments on 'Blackwell's Island,' at the Globe, and Three of the Other New Pictures At the Rialto At Cinema 49 At Loew's Criterion". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  3. ^ "France Nixed 'Devil's Island'". Variety. 1 March 1939. p. 6.

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