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Ellis Island (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 5 November 1936 (USA)
It opens in 1926 when three bank robbers, Theodore Kedrich, Jan Imarski, and Petra Lonelli, stage a daring daylight bank robbery and get away with a million dollars in cash. They are soon ... See full summary »


Phil Rosen


Arthur T. Horman (original story), Arthur T. Horman (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Donald Cook ... Gary Curtis
Peggy Shannon ... Betty Parker
Jack La Rue ... Dude
Joyce Compton ... Adele
Bradley Page ... Solo
Johnny Arthur ... Kip Andrews
George Rosener ... Uncle Ted Kedrich
Maurice Black ... Nails
Matty Fain Matty Fain ... Turk
Bryant Washburn ... Peter James
Monte Vandergrift ... Moxey
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Farmer


It opens in 1926 when three bank robbers, Theodore Kedrich, Jan Imarski, and Petra Lonelli, stage a daring daylight bank robbery and get away with a million dollars in cash. They are soon apprehended and sent to prison for ten years but the money is not recovered. Flash forward to 1936 when all three men have been released from prison and are about to be deported back to where they came from via the Deportation department at Ellis Island. They arrive by the ferry boat and already on hand to bid them adieu, and possibly learn where they stashed the missing money, is gang leader Dude and his three henchmen, Nails, Moxie and Bugs, and also Kendrich's niece Betty Parker there to bid old Uncle Ted a fond goodbye. Also on Ellis Island is a crook called Solo, who has an upper hand as he has stolen the credentials of a Treasury Agent named Peter James and has access to the prisoners, and has cut a deal with Kendrichs to get him off of Ellis Island. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Bandits grab millions!


Crime | Drama | Romance


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English | Italian

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5 November 1936 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred in New York City Friday 17 May 1946 on DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). In Los Angeles, television viewers got their first look at it Sunday 20 March 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


In 1926, the gangsters drive by a storefront advertising American Airlines, which would not exist by that name until 1934. See more »

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They Should Have Gone Back
3 April 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A group of bad guys has a plan to hide a million dollars and divvy it up later. They go to jail for ten years and then go about trying to find the money. There are a series of complications. They are, without a doubt, some of the most clumsy people I've ever seen. How they even thought they could pull this off with their intellect is beyond believability. Anyway, the hero finds himself in the middle of a relationship with "the woman" and tries to find her not culpable. There is this ridiculous finale with some goofus who is always trying to get back to his fiancée. Anyway, it's about as bad as it gets. There is no effort to be rational. The characters are so weak and the silly subplot is so unwatchable that this just falls on its face. I know that comedy has changed. Thank God!

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