After his ship goes down, Edward Parker is rescued at sea. Parker gets into a fight with Captain Davies of the Apia and the Captain tosses him overboard while making a delivery to the tiny tropical island of Dr. Moreau. Parker discovers that Moreau has good reason to be so secretive on his lonely island. The doctor is a whip-cracking task master to a growing population of his own gruesome human/animal experiments. He does have one prize result, Lota the beautiful panther woman. Parker's fortunes for escape look up after his fiancée Ruth finds him with the help of fearless Captain Donohue. However, when Moreau's tribe of near-humans rises up to rebel, no one is safe... Written by
Gary Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It begins where DR. JEKYLL & MR HYDE left off! A weird, fantastic adventure with a mad doctor who discovers how to turn animals into humans-but not how to control them! On a lonely tropical island he practices his black art! Changes wild beasts into creatures whose strangely human appearance and action hide raging animal passions! Something brand new in picture plots, with a specially selected cast, that will bring thrills to audiences and joy to exhibitors. Showmanship Plus! See more »
According to film historian Gregory W. Mank on his commentary for the Criterion edition of this film, producer/actress Gail Patrick competed for the role of the Lota the "Panther Woman". She lost out to Kathleen Burke but became good friends with her. Patrick noted that she was happy that she lost because Burke was defined by the role and eventually left show business. According to Patrick, Burke couldn't get roles after her performance in the film. See more »
As the beast-men attack Moreau's lab one of them brushes
against a flaming torch and sets his furry head alight. See more »
Terrifying when I first saw it in 1933. Equally so in 2000.
I first saw this film in 1933 when I was 7 years old. My 20 year old aunt, who was also my nanny, used to drag me to these things (also took me to equally horrifying Trader Horn and King Kong) instead of taking me to the playground. Even after 67 years, I remembered the scene when someone was lashing the rebellious half-animals.
I checked it out from my video store last year for a re-run. Absolutely magnificent Laughton. Still scary.
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