Canon City | Prison Break | Scott Brady | Film Noir | Crime Movie

Canon City – Twelve inmates plan a prison break from the Colorado State Penitentiary but one of them reluctantly joins the group.

Canon City (1948)
Director: Crane Wilbur
Writers: Crane Wilbur
Stars: Scott Brady, Jeff Corey, Whit Bissell
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Country: United States
Language: English
Release Date: June 30, 1948 (United States)
Filming Location: Canon City, Colorado, USA

This hard-boiled jailbreak drama follows depraved inmate Jim Sherbondy as he masterminds an escape from a Colorado penitentiary with 11 others in tow and the formidable warden on his heels.

“Fact-based, shot-on-location break-out flick, part of a cycle of superb prison movies written and directed by Crane Wilbur, a silent movie actor who reinvented himself late in life as one of noir’s most unusual and underrated stylists. Central to the film is the tension between its “documentary” framing device (the first few scenes consist of interviews with actual inmates, and non-professionals make up part of the cast) and Wilbur’s camera style, which is heavy on vanishing point compositions and geometric patterns, and, in its best moments, revives the visual language of the late silent era.”
– written by “I.V.” on

Also Known As (AKA):
(original title) Canon City
Belgium Terreur dans la ville(French)
Canada Canon City(English)
Denmark 12 mand bryder ud
France Pénitencier du Colorado
Greece Efodos amartolon(transliterated title)
Italy Ultima tappa per gli assassini
Mexico Un rayo de libertad
Norway Alarm i statsfengslet
Portugal Um Raio de Liberdade
Romania Canon City
Sweden Myteri i coloradofängelset
United States Canon City
United States Blood on the Snow(Working Title)
West Germany Rebellion im grauen Haus
West Germany Revolte hinter Gittern(TV Title)


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