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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 »
TERROR! Stalked the Brush-Choked Island...Where Men Who Were Animals Sought the Girl Who Was All-Human!
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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  (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)

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)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Mathews .... assistant director (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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To create the language of the mutants sound-man Loren L. Ryder recorded a mixture of animal sounds and foreign languages, then played them backwards at alternating speeds. The effect: the sound induced nausea and caused the audiences to vomit in the theaters.See more »
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 »
Dr. Moreau:Mr. Parker, do you know what it means to feel like God?See more »
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71 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Waking Nightmare, 22 April 2001
Author: Shield-3 from Kansas City, MO, USA

Universal dominated the horror market of the 1930s, but every once in a while the other studios would produce a classic of their own. `Island of Lost Souls,' produced by Paramount, is one such film. It's tight, fast, and haunting.

The most striking thing about `Island' is its claustrophobic, nightmarish atmosphere. Some people criticize the hero, Edward Parker (Richard Arlen), as bland and colorless, but I think this works in the film's favor. Since he has no personality of his own, he can be more of an Everyman; he also has no strength to draw upon and is therefore powerless against the horrors around him. He sees the perverse monstrosities Moreau has created on his island, finds himself attracted to and then repulsed by the cat-woman Lota, and then struggles to free himself from Moreau's manipulative control. It's like those nightmares where you try to run away from something terrible but your feet won't move.

Charles Laughton steals the show as Dr. Moreau; his disarming, cherubic exterior somehow enhances his aura of menace. He may not look as blatantly evil as Bela Lugosi, but after a few minutes you just know there's something terribly wrong with this man. The irony is, the creatures Moreau creates are far more humane than he is. The creatures themselves live in a tight society, bound by the laws Moreau has given them; instead of dwelling on their physical awfulness, the film imparts them with a curious dignity and innocence. When the inevitable rebellion comes, I found myself cheering the creatures on, much like I felt my heart go out to the Frankenstein Monster or King Kong.

`Island' is one of those movies you need to watch on a humid summer night, when your clothes cling to your skin and every breath feels like it's coming through a wet towel. Feel the suspense and the terror seep into you, and then try to tell me the old horror movies weren't infinitely better than what passes for horror nowadays.

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