Experiment Alcatraz

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Experiment Alcatraz

Post by Bruce R on Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:33 pm

If you are pressed for time, you might consider this brisk 59-min entry, the 1950 EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ.  It starts John Howard (of Bulldog Drummond "fame"), Joan Dixon, Walter Kingsford, Lynne Carter, Robert Shayne, Kim Spalding and Sam Scar.

John Howard stars as a doctor who develops a serum to cure radioactive poisoning. He tests it on several Alcatraz "lifers," who have volunteered for the experiment on the promise of freedom if they survive. A murder within the group casts aspersions on the doctor,  but was it really his fault or a con playing a con?

EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ was purchased for release by RKO for $100,000. The film had been independently produced a year before its distribution, its lack of production polish revealing its shoestring origins. 

It's a 5.7 on IMDb, which is about right.

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