powered by AFI
DVDs from TCM Shop
In its review of the film, Variety pointed out that, although Edward G. Robinson's character is sent to Alcatraz in 1927, it did not become a federal prison until 1933. It also mentioned that income tax evasion was not used to imprison gangsters until several years after that part of the story takes place. Reviews also mentioned that this was the American film debut of Austrian actress Rose Stradner. According to Film Daily, Stradner's name was to be changed to Andrea Marlow for films, however, she apparently never used the name. Stradner, who married M-G-M producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1939, made only two additional films before her death in 1958, Columbia's Blind Alley, directed by Charles Vidor in 1939 and Twentieth Century-Fox's The Keys of the Kingdom in 1944, directed by John M. Stahl and produced and written by Mankiewicz. According to news items, M-G-M had at one time negotiated with Grand National to borrow actress Anna Sten to play the part of Rose. Robinson was borrowed from Warner Bros. for this film.