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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!
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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)
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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Shot in October-November 1932. This was Charles Laughton's third Hollywood production, having already completed The Old Dark House (1932) and The Sign of the Cross (1932).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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26 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
An evil genius accelerates evolution through terrible pain, 13 May 2006
Author: netwallah from The New Intangible College

From the H.G. Wells story, "The Island of Dr. Moreau," this film is part horror story, part science fiction, and part moral fable. If the film works, it's because of Wells's writing and because of the simultaneously comforting and disturbing presence of Charles Laughton as Dr. Moreau. He is another sort of Dr. Frankenstein, a scientist whose hunger for discovery transforms genius and egotism into a pathology. Moreau has discovered a means of accelerating evolution by hundreds of millennia. His experiments with plants were harmless enough, but, banished to a tropical island, he forces beasts to evolve into men through sessions in the operating theatre he calls the House of Pain. The creatures are given the law, which they chant responsively: "Are we not men?" Into this scenario comes an innocent outsider, Parker (Richard Arlen), who rejects Moreau's vision and stands for truth and dignity—Arlen is a typical 30s hero, a bit of a stick figure, really, with good posture and a pretty fiancée Ruth (Leila Hyams) who shows up on the island to save him, and in turn to be saved herself, but he's not a great actor. On the other hand, Laughton is. He invests the part with a complex mix of charm, sprawling awkwardly on an operating table to show how fully at ease he is, or smiling with a boyish expression of amusement, not unlike Fatty Arbuckle—but he's also able to exude menace by holding absolutely still, an effect emphasized by shadow, and by saying terrible things with a bland expression. Also remarkable is Kathleen Burke as Lota, the Panther Woman, Moreau's most advanced experiment: she weeps, she loves, she protects her beloved and dies in the effort. The beast-people—Parker and Moreau call them "natives," Parker sincerely and Moreau ironically—are disturbed, and Moreau says "They are restless tonight." Is this the origin of the familiar phrase? When they discover Dr. Moreau is willing to break the law, ordering the death of an intruder, they realize he can die, too, and take him to the House of Pain. Rowing away from the burning island, Dr. Moreau's assistant, the repentant Dr. Montgomery (Arthur Hohl) tells them, "Don't look back." Another source for yet another familiar phrase? The story is not really about political events of the 30s at all--the story was written much earlier--but about the human limits of science, a theme dating back at least to Faustus and Frankenstein.

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