Veteran genre director Don Siegel directed this simple and gripping story about an actual escape from the supposedly escape-proof Alcatraz. Siegel is extremely good at this sort of thing (see his 1954 genre classic, RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11) and if you like to watch people doing a job, you
won't find it done better elsewhere.
The escape-proof "Rock" was designed in the early 1930s to hold the most infamous, incorrigible and escape-prone inmates in the federal prison system. Located in the dead center of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz played host to Al Capone and Doc Barker, among others, and was considered by J. Edgar
Hoover and other federal executives to be the onl...