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Canon City

Theatrical poster
Directed by Crane Wilbur
Produced by Bryan Foy
Robert Kane
Written by Crane Wilbur
Narrated by Reed Hadley
Starring Scott Brady
Jeff Corey
Whit Bissell
Cinematography John Alton
Editing by Louis Sackin
Distributed by Eagle-Lion Films
Release date(s) June 30, 1948 (1948-06-30)
Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Canon City (1948) is a American film noir written and directed by Crane Wilbur. The drama features Scott Brady, Jeff Corey, Whit Bissell and others.[1][2]



This account of a violent prison break is a semi-documentary opens with a newsreel type tour of the prison. Led Jeff Corey (Carl Schwartzmiller), twelve convicts plan their escape and prisoner Scott Brady (Jim Sherbondy) is reluctant to go along with the group.


The film is based on a prison break that occurred at the Colorado State Penitentiary at Cañon City, Colorado in December 1947.[3]


Critical reception

Bosley Crowther, the film critic for The New York Times wrote, "Another convincing demonstration that crime, while it may not 'pay,' can be turned to profitable uses by the makers of action films is given by Canon City, a tough semi-documentary job about a prison break in Colorado ... Crane Wilbur has held to a realistic line for much of the prison action and in some of the outside episodes. His actors—especially Jeff Corey, who plays the leader of the 'break'—are generally tough, convincing fellows with nothing to recommend in charm. And the movement is swift and dynamic, not unlikely in such affairs."[4]

Critic Dennis Schwartz said of the film, "An unspectacular true story (it's dated) about a prison break that is told in a semi-documentary style. Its saving grace is that it is well presented ...This minor work has some resemblance to film noir through the characterization of Sherbondy as someone who is not a hardened criminal, but got into trouble both on the outside and then inside of prison because he made the wrong friends."[5]


  1. ^ Canon City at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Selby, Spencer. Dark City: The Film Noir, film listed as film noir #58 on page 134-135, 1984. Jefferson, N.C. & London: McFarland Publishing. ISBN 0-89950-103-6.
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley The New York Times, film review, July 8, 1948. Last accessed November 185, 2009.
  4. ^ Crowther, Bosley. Ibid.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, October 1, 2001. Last accessed November 15, 2009.

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