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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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Complete credited cast:
Robert (The Torpedo) Malone
Marion Martin ...
Iris Compton
Sen. John P. Corey
Charlotte Wynters ...
Thelma Chase
Nana Bryant ...
Mrs. Franklin Sydney
T.L. Honeyman
Jessup (as Donald Barry)
Morgan Conway ...
Harrison Brand
Willie Fung ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

19 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secrets of a Sinner  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Malone: [flirting] My name is Malone.
Iris: [bored] Does it make you happy?
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Too Much of a Mind Stretch
30 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While there are a few amusing moments in this film, the odd mixture of characters who find themselves awash on an Island in the Pacific really don't have much chemistry. They are mostly wrapped up in their own egos and forced to do some work or they will never see home again. There is a strange Chinese man, loyal to his master, who is incredibly confusing. He has this goofy laugh that comes at odd times. It grates on the brain. There are bad guys and windbags and loose women and a nice woman. There is an islander who can't go to China because he is wanted for a murder there. He has the only boat and navigation skills to get the people off the island. Everyone stays true to their colors and it rolls toward a predictable conclusion. I found Gene Lockart's politician to be utterly insufferable. They should have drowned him right away.

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