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SCOTT BRADY & JEFF COREY PRISON ESCAPE NOIR 'CANON CITY'

Title: CANON CITY Year: 1948 Rating: ***

The semi-documentary/docudrama film noir device can be awkward, always beginning with real glimpses into actual people, including, in this case, the title prison CANON CITY warden Roy Best, along with several actual inmates, being asked questions off-camera by the deep voice of Reed Hadley... so when we reach the fictional story with tough guy actors wanting to break out of a prison they consider unlawful (and that looks pretty awful to the naked eye), it's confusing as to why they'd start off with such outright propaganda for such a crummy place...

And Scott Brady's the link between good and evil, being the sole honest prisoner who wants nothing to do with the impending escape he's forced into, and, led by lockup-noir veteran Jeff Corey from BRUTE FORCE, the planning stages are the most intriguing, using creative shadows while the central prisoners are fleshed-out decently enough...

Scott Brady in CANON CITY

It's after a rushed riot-like breakout that the film goes somewhat to pot, first following Corey with moody Whit Bissell posing as guards, turning up at a local residence in a sequence so dragged out, you'll either forget about Scott Brady or wonder where the hell he is...

But he finally turns up in his own home invasion sequence seeming more an edgy FATHER KNOWS BEST than an early DESPERATE HOURS: yet at least Brady's back, and his performance, warming up to the normal lives of normal people while the hardened con gets etched away, is worth watching — despite the best stuff being left back in the hoosegow.

Scott Brady in CANON CITY
Scott Brady in CANON CITY
Scott Brady in CANON CITY
Scott Brady in CANON CITY
Scott Brady in CANON CITY
Jeff Corey in CANON CITY
Scott Brady in CANON CITY
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Jeff Corey in CANON CITY
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Scott Brady in CANON CITY
Scott Brady in CANON CITY
Scott Brady in CANON CITY

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