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Safe in Hell (1931)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  12 December 1931 (USA)
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After accidentally killing the man who raped her and forced her into prostitution, a New Orleans woman flees to a Caribbean island. While she awaits her fiancé, the vicious local police chief sets his sights on her.

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Complete credited cast:
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Donald Cook ...
Carl Bergen - aka Carl Erickson
Ralf Harolde ...
Piet Van Saal
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Egan
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Crunch (as Ivan Simpson)
Victor Varconi ...
Gen. Emmanuel Jesus Maria Gomez
Morgan Wallace ...
Mr. Bruno - the Hangman
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Leonie - the Hotel Manager
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Lawyer Jones
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Newcastle - the Porter
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Larson (as Gustav Von Seyffertitz)
Noble Johnson ...
Bobo - a Caribbean Policeman
Cecil Cunningham ...
Angie
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Sought by the New Orleans police for accidentally killing the man who raped her and forced her into prostitution, a woman flees New Orleans for a Caribbean island. Surrounded by lecherous criminals, she awaits the return of her fiancé and seems to be holding her own until the treachery of the local police chief leaves her but one choice to gain her freedom. Written by indexcard

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Vitaphone production reels #5056-5063. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Shelton Brooks
Played when Gilda arrives at the Claybridge Apartments
Played briefly on piano by Dorothy Mackaill
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13 December 2007 | by (Cedar Rapids, IA) – See all my reviews

I caught this film on TCM in Dec. of 2007. It was being shown as part of their William Wellman festival. I had not heard of it before, and didn't recognize any of the cast names. The story is a bout a woman accused of a murder in New Orleans, who is helped by her sailor boyfriend to an island in the Caribbean. This is a refuge for scoundrels and criminals. Romantically, the sailor marries her in a very private ceremony, and then he leaves her behind while he sails away for work. Clearly, the focus is on her, since he has very little screen time. The bulk of the film is the long time she has to wait for his return, fending of the lecherous advances of the motley criminals and a corrupt lawman. The ending was dark and surprisingly odd for any Hollywood film. And I was so surprised that I need to see it again, just to make sure I didn't imagine it. It is a somewhat slow film, but it is also intriguing in ways that only pre- code features can be. It seemed even modern in it's dark sensibilities. Also, the lead role, portrayed by Dorothy MacKaill, is a fascinating mix of spunky and trashy, showing more depth and complexity than one might expect from a standard H'wood feature. I'll be looking for her in other films. Definitely a noir predecessor. The black major-domo and the woman running the bar are terrific, too.


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