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Safe in Hell (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 12 December 1931 (USA)
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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Carl Bergen - aka Carl Erickson
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Piet Van Saal
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Egan
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Crunch (as Ivan Simpson)
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Gen. Emmanuel Jesus Maria Gomez
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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
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Larson (as Gustav Von Seyffertitz)
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Bobo - a Caribbean Policeman
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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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Trivia

Originally Barbara Stanwyck was cast as Gilda, and was even in the rehearsals. Columbia studio filed an injunction stating that Stanwyck had jumped her contract to work for Warners and still owed Columbia one film. Eventually the court granted Columbia's injunction, Mackaill (who was already in production as Gilda in wardrobe fittings) got the lead, and Stanwyck went back to Columbia to make Forbidden (1932). See more »

Quotes

Gen. Emmanuel Jesus Maria Gomez: [Egan has just grabbed a live hen off the hotel floor] May I ask you, Señor, what your intentions are for the chicken?
Lawyer Jones: Honorable, I hope.
Egan: None of your business! And that goes for ALL of you mugs!
[they all laugh mockingly]
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Connections

Remade as Men in Exile (1937) See more »

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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Nina Mae McKinney and Dorothy MacKail the only reason to see this movie!
19 April 2003 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

My only reason for seeing this movie is because of Nina Mae McKinney starring in it, after her success at MGM, Even though she was on contract with MGM for 5 years, they didn't know what to do with her. They could use her talent, but her skin color was the reason why. But, they wouldn't loan her out to Fox or Warner Bros. But I guess they let her do this movie, this was made at Vitaphone and she did various Vitaphone shorts. Nina Mae's character Leonie as the clerk at the Hotel brightens the movie and Dorothy MacKail's character. Nina Mae adds a little humor and sings a song a popular songs, among the Blacks back then called "When Its Sleepy Time Down South", Nina sings it in her own way, its very stylish. She also sings the name NewCastle(the servant at the Hotel, played by Clarence Muse) when she wants him, its very funny and cute. Dorothy MacKail is a good actress, I wonder why she didn't become a big movie star in Hollywood, I could picture her in bad-girl pictures, she's a bad girl in this movie. She keeps the movie interesting when Nina isn't in it. There's a scene when Dorothy MacKail hugs Nina, I think that's the first time in movie history a black and white person embrace. Nina Mae embraces quit a bit with the white stars...only in pre code era could that be done. Dorothy is good in scenes with Nina Mae and out. Its worth a watch.


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