When a notorious NYC ganglord (Stanley Fields) finally gets sentenced to a stretch in the titular East River penitentiary, his response is to pay off the warden and turn the joint into a private fiefdom. The young reporter (John Garfield) who helped put him there is determined to get himself convicted, and then blow the scandal open from within. Early starring showcase for Garfield co-stars Rosemary Lane, Victor Jory, Dick Purcell. 71 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.