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Sinners in Paradise (1938)

Passed  -  Drama  -  19 May 1938 (USA)
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A seaplane departs for China. On board are a nurse escaping a loveless marriage to do work with refugees, a woman hoping to surprise her estranged son, a wealthy heiress trying to distance ... See full summary »

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Anne Wesson
John Boles ...
Jim Taylor
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Robert (The Torpedo) Malone
Marion Martin ...
Iris Compton
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Sen. John P. Corey
Charlotte Wynters ...
Thelma Chase
Nana Bryant ...
Mrs. Franklin Sydney
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T.L. Honeyman
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Jessup (as Donald Barry)
Morgan Conway ...
Harrison Brand
Willie Fung ...
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A seaplane departs for China. On board are a nurse escaping a loveless marriage to do work with refugees, a woman hoping to surprise her estranged son, a wealthy heiress trying to distance herself from labor troubles, an oily politician, a moll and a mobster fleeing the wrath of the gangs they've double-crossed, two rival munitions salesmen out to cash in on the misery of war, and a fresh-faced young steward. Caught in a course-altering storm, a crash-landing destroys the plane, kills the plane's officers, and tosses the surviving passengers into the sea. They are washed ashore on an isolated island inhabited solely by mysteriously reclusive Mr. Taylor and his servant, Ping. Until Taylor decides if, how and when he will allow them to take his boat back to China for help, this disparate band must work together, change their self-centered ways, and examine their motives for wanting to escape from the island and their pasts. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Secrets of a Sinner  »

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Malone: [flirting] My name is Malone.
Iris: [bored] Does it make you happy?
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28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Sinners in Paradise (1938)

*** (out of 4)

Universal drama directed by James Whale about a plane load of people who crash on an island ran by a loner (John Boles). This one here doesn't have a very good reputation but I found it to be highly entertaining until the last fifteen minutes when things started to drag a bit. Whale's direction is right on the mark mixing some nice drama with some comedy and using the oddball characters to full effect. Boles, from Whale's Frankenstein is very good in the lead and the supporting players are good as well. The plane crash is handled with a master's touch. Madge Evans and Bruce Cabot co-star.


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