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Island of Lost Souls -- An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.


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December 1932 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Laughton ... Dr. Moreau

Richard Arlen ... Edward Parker

Leila Hyams ... Ruth Thomas

Bela Lugosi ... Sayer of the Law
Kathleen Burke ... The Panther Woman
Arthur Hohl ... Montgomery
Stanley Fields ... Captain Davies
Paul Hurst ... Donahue
Hans Steinke ... Ouran
Tetsu Komai ... M'ling

George Irving ... The Consul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Bardette ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Evangelus Berbas ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joe Bonomo ... Beast (uncredited)
Buster Brodie ... Pig Man - a Little Beast (uncredited)

Buster Crabbe ... Beast (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Harry Ekezian ... Gola (uncredited)
Charles Gemora ... Gorilla on Pier (uncredited)
John George ... Beast (uncredited)
Rosemary Grimes ... Samoan Girl (uncredited)
Robert P. Kerr ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Mr. Hogan (uncredited)

Alan Ladd ... Beast (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Robert Milasch ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Beast (uncredited)
Schlitze ... Furry Manimal (uncredited)
Jack Walters ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Duke York ... Beast (uncredited)
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Directed by
Erle C. Kenton 
Writing credits
Waldemar Young (screen play) and
Philip Wylie (screen play)

H.G. Wells (from a novel by)

Cinematography by
Karl Struss (photographed by)
Casting by
Fred A. Datig (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
M.M. Poggi .... sound (uncredited)
Loren L. Ryder .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Joe Bonomo .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Cable .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George T. Clemens .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mack Elliott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Otto Pierce .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fleet Southcott .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Johnston .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sigmund Krumgold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Finland:K-16 (1996) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)

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The filmmakers wanted an unknown actress to play Lota, the Panther Woman. Kathleen Burke, their selection, was working as a dentist's assistant at the time. It was her first film role ever.See more »
Continuity: On the first ship, a man carries a large bucket of slop and accidentally spills some slop on Captain Davies. In the next shot, as Davies punches the man and knocks him down, the slop bucket is sitting on the deck behind him.See more »
Ruth Thomas:[hearing chanting] What's that?
Dr. Moreau:The natives, they have a curious ceremony. Mr. Parker has witnessed it.
Ruth Thomas:Tell us about it, Edward.
Edward Parker:Oh, it's... it's nothing.
Dr. Moreau:They are restless tonight.
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Incredible early horror., 15 March 2002
Author: whiteraven-4 from USA

This fantastical horror movie based on "The Island of Dr. Moreau" is not necessarily scary by today's graphic standards. However, it still manages to touch on the terror of "humanity's inhumanity." It also provides a classic mad-scientist performance which still gives me the creeps. The makeup isn't perfect, but it is far superior to typical fare of the time.

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