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Island of Doomed Men (1940)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 May 1940 (USA)
Undercover agent Mark Sheldon gets paroled to a remote tropical island with a diamond mine manned by slave labor run by sadistic Stephen Danel.

Director:

Charles Barton

Writer:

Robert Hardy Andrews (original screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Peter Lorre ... Stephen Danel
Rochelle Hudson ... Lorraine Danel
Robert Wilcox ... Mark Sheldon
Don Beddoe ... Brand
George E. Stone ... Siggy
Kenneth MacDonald ... Doctor Rosener
Charles Middleton ... Captain Cort
Stanley Brown ... Eddie
Earl Gunn Earl Gunn ... Mitchell
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Storyline

Sadistic Stephen Danel owns a penal island, and when he is not humiliating and mistreating his wife, he is torturing his convict prisoners and using them for slave labor. Government agent Mark Sheldon is sent to infiltrate the island and bring Danel to justice. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Paroled prisoners ENSLAVED... in a tropical PARADISE of torture! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Man's Isle See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was banned by the film censors in Australia. Other censor boards only passed this picture after the whipping scene was edited or eliminated. See more »

Quotes

Mitchell: You're wasting your time. There's only one way out of here. Make 'em kill you. Don't die... day at a time. Get it over! Then you can rest. Dead men can't work. Never... get out... till you die. Then you get paroled to a pine box.
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KEEP THAT MONKEY AWAY FROM ME!
2 January 2001 | by rowboatSee all my reviews

Peter Lorre is perfect in this role, a calm, controlling madman with a terrifying temper bubbling underneath. Flashes of his temper are the highlights of the movie. Whomever played his wife could've probably been out-acted by a beanbag, but she's pretty, so it's ok. The other main man was okay, and I was rooting for him like I was supposed to. I guess the underlying question is: Could an island of slavery actually exist? Just kidding. The movie is not that deep, or worthy of further thought. The underlying question actually is: What does Peter Lorre have against monkeys?


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