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Men in Exile (1937)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  4 April 1937 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Purcell ...
Jimmy Carmody
June Travis ...
Sally Haines
Victor Varconi ...
Colonel Gomez
Olin Howland ...
Jones
Margaret Irving ...
Mother Haines
Norman Willis ...
Rocky Crane
Veda Ann Borg ...
Rita Crane
Alan Baxter ...
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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robbery | island | murder | military | hotel | See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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4 April 1937 (USA)  »

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Almas em Desterro  »

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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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An enjoyable B from Warner.
16 April 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a B-movie through and through. Now a lot of readers hear that term and don't exactly know what it means. A 'B' is a second and lesser film from a double-feature (mostly made in the 1930s and 40s). They had much smaller budgets, lesser-known or completely unknown actors and usually ran only about 60 minutes. Big studios made them and tiny independent 'poverty row' studios (with even smaller budgets) cranked them out one after another. They have a reputation for being cheap (that's true) and crappy (not at all true in most cases). They filled a nice niche at the time and are often breezy escapist entertainment.

"Men in Exile" has B-movie written all over it. None of the actors are recognizable to the average viewer, though you might recognize Dick Purcell--who appeared in some A-pictures though did not star in them (typical of many B leading men). It also runs at just about 60 minutes. And, like many Bs, it is an action-adventure film.

The movie is set on the mythical Caribbean island of Caribo. A mug (Purcell) is framed for a killing and escapes there because the government of the island could care less about your past and he can get a new start. However, a quiet life is NOT in store for him, as he's gotten himself in the middle of a plot to bring guns to revolutionaries on the island! His 'friend' Rocky wants him to come in with him in the gun-running venture but he refuses--only to end up smack in the middle of another conspiracy. Can poor Dickie survive AND/OR clear his name? The acting and direction are good here-as you'd expect in a Warner Brother B-film. It also sports an exotic-looking locale (actually just a nicely decorated sound stage with a few outdoor sets) that many Bs could not match. It also has a reasonably interesting plot and a few nice plot twists. As a result, the film was enjoyable and worth seeing--but like many Bs also a bit unremarkable.

By the way, this film is a remake of "Safe in Hell"--a film I absolutely hated. However, unlike the original, "Men in Exile" has been sanitized A LOT. The original film was made before the toughened Production Code and had many sleazy plot elements (including several attempted rapes!)--all these are missing in the remake. In fact, the newer film has been changed so much, it's hard tell they are the same basic plot. I much prefer the remake--and that is rare for me. It's just because the original was too florid and silly, while the remake is more believable and engaging.

By the way, Purcell's life story is pretty sad. Believe it or not, he died from a heart attack at only age 36! So ended the life of the first big screen Captain America.


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