Watch Ellis Island
- 1 hr 6 min
(1936, Invincible) Donald Cook, Peggy Shannon, Jack LaRue, Johnny Arthur. One of the better indie crime films we've seen recently. It opens with a daring bank robbery. Though the crooks are eventually nabbed, a million in stolen loot remains missing. Cook is an Ellis Island immigration agent helping the Feds search for the money by grilling incoming and outgoing foreigners suspected of knowing the location of the missing loot. LaRue is excellent as the leader of a gang of thugs who are after the cash. There's a terrific night scene in a creepy, overgrown graveyard to where Cook has trailed the criminals. Jack and his gang, who are holding the heroine captive, have great interest in the overgrown grave of a long dead immigrant. More specifically, they seem interested in what's buried in his coffin. A very atmospheric sequence for such a low budget thriller, it's followed by an exciting chase across gloomy marshlands involving the gangsters and a hearse! Highly recommended. 16mm.