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Men in Exile (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 4 April 1937 (USA)
Framed for a robbery he didn't commit, a man flees to a Caribbean island and gets involved with a woman, gun-runners and murder.

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Sally Haines
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Colonel Emanuel Gomez
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H. Mortimer Jones
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Mother Haines
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Rocky Crane
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Rita Crane
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Danny Haines
Carlos De Valdez ...
General Alcatraz (as Carlos Devaldez)
Alec Harford ...
Limey (as Alex Harford)
John Alexander ...
Ronald Witherspoon
Demetris Emanuel ...
Gomez's Aide (as Demitris Emmanuel)
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When ex-convict cabbie Jimmy Carmody is framed in a jewelry store robbery and murder, an old friend arranges for him to flee the country to the island of Caribo, where a person's past doesn't matter. Once there, he is approached by his pal Rocky Crane and invited to join their gun-smuggling operation to assist forces that want to overthrow the local military dictatorship under Colonel Gomez. Though Carmody refuses, his new job at a hotel where Crane's aide (and his girlfriend's brother) lives involves him deeper in the revolution plot. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Almas em Desterro  »

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General Alcatraz quotes Feeble in Shakespear's "The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth", Act 3, Scene 2, "...let it go which way it will, he that dies this year is quit for the next". See more »

Goofs

When Rocky calls Danny to go into the basement of the hotel, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible above Rocky on the arched doorway. See more »

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Remake of Safe in Hell (1931) See more »

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From Me to You
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by Fabian Andre, Wayne King and Nat Conney
Played on the player piano when Jimmy asks about a job
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Men Under Pressure
1 April 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

John Farrow, in his first full feature -- so to speak, since it's a one-hour Warner B -- tackles his favorite theme of the 1930s: take a random group of people, put them in an exotic location under pressure and see how they behave. His best handling of it was FIVE CAME BACK and it's a good theme.

The basic interest of the story is somewhat undercut by the fact that it's all B actors, none of whom manage to demonstrate any intensity. The best is Alan Baxter, but the others never seem more than querulous The camera work is very simple. The camera sets into classical compositions and never seems to move more than a few inches, except for the big introduction scene about ten minutes in and once when June Travis runs off to speak with her brother.

Still, I have a weakness for these one-hour Warners and this one fills its time slot efficiently if not brilliantly. Even though Farrow would return to the theme and do it much better, this short-form version will fill in an hour decently.


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