7 user 3 critic

Hell Harbor (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 15 March 1930 (USA)
Lovely Anita dreams of escaping the monotony of her island home and sailing to bustling Havana. But when her abusive father promises her to the greasy local merchant, Anita does everything in her power to make her dream a reality.



(adapted by) (as Fred DeGresac), (novel) | 2 more credits »


Complete credited cast:
Anita Morgan
Joseph Horngold
Henry Morgan
Harry Allen ...
Peg Leg
Blinky (as Paul Burns)
George Bookasta ...
Ulysses Williams ...


Anita Morgan, a descendant of the famous pirate Henry Morgan, is living a carefree and careless life on an island in the Carribean, but had much rather be living the same life In Havana. When she learns that her father, in exchange for money, has promised her hand in marriage to one of his swarthy friends, she is more convinced that Havana is the place to be. When an American comes to the island to buy some pearls, she falls in love with him. and when she discovers he is to be tricked out of his money and killed, she makes plans to save him...and go to Havana with him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Henry King's Dramatic Success! See more »


Drama | Romance


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 March 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El puerto infernal  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (Turner library print) | (edited) (re-release)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Film debut of Rondo Hatton. NOTE: He was working as a reporter in Tampa, Florida, and assigned to report on a film company working in Rocky Point. Director Henry King noticed Hatton's distinctive appearance and persuaded him to appear in the film. King also advised him to quit the newspaper and move to Hollywood, which he did. See more »


Edited into The Black Coin (1936) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Despite the plot, the film is dull....very dull.
21 March 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Hell Harbor" is set on some crappy island in the Caribbean. A slimy guy, Joseph Horngold (Jean Hersholt) has cheated a drunk out of some very valuable pearls. With the pearls, he hopes to marry Henry Morgan's daughter. Morgan (Gibson Gowland) is more than happy to essentially sell Anita (Lupe Valez) and force her to marry Joseph. Additionally, Anita learns that there's a plan to cheat an American out of his pearls and kill him! But Anita loves the guy and is determined to help the American.

This film is a very low budgeted B made by a poverty row studio, Inspiration. Because of this, despite the tropical location, the film just looks cheap. There is no incidental music (not too unusual for 1930) but the acting and actors just seem rough...very, very rough. The film is actually very hard to watch and I became bored with it almost instantly! The only reason to see it is if you are a total film nut and want to see Rondo Hatton in his first film, though his part is quite small.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: