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Sinners in Paradise (1938)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 19 May 1938 (USA)
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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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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In Madge Evans' interview by Leonard Maltin in Film Fan Magazine (December 1972), the actress gave the following testimony about filming "Sinners in Paradise": "Well, this was not his (i.e. James Whale) kind of film. He was much too intelligent, much too good a director for this kind of nonsense which was all about people cast adrift on an island, a dreadful picture and he was much, much too good for it. He hated it, and also being a rather up-tight Englishman, he showed that he hated it. You could just see that every time he came to a scene, he was saying, 'Oh, my God,' and that doesn't make anybody feel either confident or happy." See more »

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Malone: [flirting] My name is Malone.
Iris: [bored] Does it make you happy?
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"Man alive, can't you understand we're people of affairs!"
3 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Middling B movie, directed by James Whale, about a group of people whose plane crashes on an island. Living on the island is a mysterious American with an ebullient man servant. He smokes a pipe and acts like a jerk, so of course he's the hero of the piece. He's played by that great bore John Boles, whose most famous role was in James Whales' Frankenstein. In the time between that film and this, Boles appears to have transmogrified into Laird Cregar. Starts off feeling like it's going to be a breezy comedy but, after the plane crashes, it turns into an uninvolving drama with a dash of social commentary. Aside from Boles, the cast is a talented lot and the director is, of course, capable of better things. But somehow this is just another run of the mill programmer with little to recommend about it. If you can't make a movie with Gene Lockhart, Bruce Cabot, Madge Evans, and Marion Martin work, I just don't know what to say. Worth a look for Whale completists and anyone who likes their movies to have a serial-style action scene every ten or fifteen minutes, complete with rousing score.


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