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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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Director:
Writers:
Waldemar Young (screen play) and
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Release Date:
December 1932 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
TERROR! Stalked the Brush-Choked Island...Where Men Who Were Animals Sought the Girl Who Was All-Human!
Plot:
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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This is a horror CLASSIC, pure and simple, and still one of the most extraordinary movies ever made! See more (76 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
70 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
Parallels can be drawn between this film and William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest", with Dr. Moreau as Prospero, Lota as Miranda and Edward Parker as Ferdinand.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: As the beast-men attack Moreau's lab one of them brushes against a flaming torch and sets his furry head alight.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Moreau:What is the law?
Sayer of the Law:Not to eat meat, that is the law. Are we not men?
Beasts (in unison):Are we not men?
Dr. Moreau:What is the law?
Sayer of the Law:Not to go on all fours, that is the law. Are we not men?
Beasts (in unison):Are we not men?
Dr. Moreau:What is the law?
Sayer of the Law:Not to spill blood, that is the law. Are we not men?
Beasts (in unison):Are we not men?
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40 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
This is a horror CLASSIC, pure and simple, and still one of the most extraordinary movies ever made!, 6 August 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

The 1930s was a great decade for horror with classic titles like 'Dracula', 'Frankenstein', 'Bride Of Frankenstein', 'Freaks', 'King Kong', 'The Invisible Man' and 'White Zombie'. I always thought 'Bride Of Frankenstein' was the best of the lot, but a VERY close second would have to be 'Island Of Lost Souls'. It truly is an extraordinary movie and still able to chill the blood and fire the imagination! It's easily the best version of H.G. Wells' 'The Island Of Dr Moreau' to date, and literally years ahead of its time. Many of the 1930s films made before the self imposed censorship of the Hays Code are quite startling and really pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on screen. This movie is seventy years old but it still pretty disturbing even now. At the time it must have been something else! Especially the super sexy Lota The Panther Woman (Kathleen Burke). Charles Laughton plays Moreau and he is one of the greatest of screen villains. The quintessential megalomaniac mad scientist figure. Richard Arlen is pretty good as the hero, Edward Parker, who finds himself trapped on Moreau's island, and horror legend Bela Lugosi is unforgettable as the Sayer of the Law. I watched an old video copy of this movie with a lousy transfer and was still utterly transfixed. If this is available on DVD with the care and attention given to it that Universal have taken on their classic horror titles I will add it straight to the top of my (ever expanding!) "must buy" list. 'Island Of Lost Souls' is one of the greatest horror movies I've ever seen, and one that I can't recommend highly enough to any horror buff whatever your age or taste.

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