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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
Ivan F. Simpson ...
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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12 December 1931 (USA)  »

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The Lost Lady  »

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A 1931 publicity shot of Boris Karloff has him listed as playing the role of Bobo in this 'recently completed' film, yet Noble Johnson portrays the character on screen, and this has never been included on the Karloff filmography. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Emmanuel Jesus Maria Gomez: May I introduce myself? I am General Emmanuel Jesus Maria Gomez. I have had the honor of instigating three successful revolutions, and annihilating three *stupid* presidents.
Gilda Carlson - aka Gilda Erickson: [gives him an unimpressed look] Ain't you lucky?
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Pagan Moon
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
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amazingly bleak
21 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this for the first time a few years ago in a festival of pre-Code films, and it was a revelation--Dorothy Mackaill was new to me and she is excellent as the "loose woman" who finds a very strange salvation on a Caribbean island that is a stand-in for hell, if not in fact the real thing. The atmosphere is palpable--you can almost feel the heat and smell the sweat. This movie is uncanny in being both intensely grim and very funny. Sort of like a painting by the German Expressionist George Grosz come to life. Wonderful camera set-ups, such as the front-on shot of the row of seated disreputable lechers, legs spread and ogling Dorothy as she climbs the rickety stairs to her hotel room. Also unusual for a film of that time is the respectful treatment of Black characters--there is a very nice camaraderie between Dorothy and the woman who works at the hotel.


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