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Sinners in Paradise (1938)

Passed | | Drama | 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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A Kinda Cute Castaway Adventure
11 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why this film was added to the Dark Crimes 50-film pack -- it's not a "dark crime" film. This film is a kinda cute castaway production... it's sometimes dramatic and other times it's comedy.

This is a basic story of a plane going down and the survivors are near an island to seek refuge there and hoping a rescue ship will come nearby. The difference is there is a doctor criminal on the island with his helper Ping. This doctor criminal has a boat and it's up to him if he wants them to use it or not.

As I said earlier, the film seesaws from drama to comedy from scene to scene which is something I've seen before in the older films. This is one okay - nothing to brag about.

The only bonus to this film is a cameo appearance from Dwight Frye right at the very beginning of the film.

3/10


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