Experiment Alcatraz

Experiment Alcatraz is a 1950 American crime film directed by Edward L. Cahn and written by Orville H. Hampton. The film stars John Howard, Joan Dixon, Walter Kingsford and Robert Shayne. The film was released on November 21, 1950, by RKO Pictures.[1][2][3]

Experiment Alcatraz
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdward L. Cahn
Produced byEdward L. Cahn
Screenplay byOrville H. Hampton
Story byGeorge W. George
George F. Slavin
StarringJohn Howard
Joan Dixon
Walter Kingsford
Robert Shayne
Music byIrving Gertz
CinematographyJackson Rose
Edited byPhilip Cahn
Edward L. Cahn Productions
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • November 21, 1950 (1950-11-21)
Running time
57 minutes
CountryUnited States


A number of Alcatraz prisoners have volunteered to take an experimental serum that could cure a fatal blood disease, promised a parole if they take part. During the experiments, notorious racketeer Barry Morgan steals one of lieutenant nurse Joan McKenna's scissors and stabs convict Eddie Ganz to death, then escapes.

The medical tests are abandoned, the vaccine called a failure. Joan is upset for many reasons, including that such a serum could help her wheelchair-bound brother Dick, who has the disease. Dr. Ross Williams created the medicine and he attempts, with Joan's help, to understand why Morgan behaved the way he did. Ross is beaten by one of Morgan's thugs, Duke Shaw, and told that he and Joan had better drop their pursuit, but they don't.

The trail leads them to Lake Tahoe and a lodge owner, Ethel Ganz, the dead inmate's stepdaughter. She pulls a gun on them. It turns out Eddie hid $250,000 in stolen loot that she found. Ethel is now married to Morgan, with whom she plotted the murder and prison breakout. Morgan turns up with a gun, putting the lives of Ross and Joan in peril, but they are rescued, the villains are incarcerated and the serum is put to good use.



  1. "Experiment Alcatraz (1950) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  2. "Experiment Alcatraz". TV Guide. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  3. "Experiment Alcatraz (1950)". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 September 2014.

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