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Torture Ship (1939)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 28 October 1939 (USA)
A mad scientist performs experiments on "the criminal mind" on captured criminals on board his private ship.

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Joan Martel (as Jacqueline Wells)
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Dirk - Stander's Aide
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Julian Madison ...
Eddie Holden ...
Ole Olson
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John Ritter
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Capt. Mike Briggs
Leander De Cordova ...
Ezra Matthews (as Leander de Cordova)
Demetrius Alexis ...
Steve Murano (as Dmitri Alexis)
Skelton Knaggs ...
Jesse Bixel
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A mad scientist performs experiments on "the criminal mind" on captured criminals on board his private ship.

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Mil muertos en el mar  »

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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Wednesday 20 December 1950 on WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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[first lines]
First reporter: Doctor, is it true that through your experiments in endocrine glands you can cure crime?
Second reporter: What about this crime cure?
Dr. Herbert Stander: Boys, after the grand jury's decision, I'll have a statement to make. If making a criminal mind is normal... than I'll be indicted.
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Why do people say this film has a "great cast"?
28 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

When I see the phrase "great cast", I think GONE WITH THE WIND or TWELVE ANGRY MEN, not a film whose lead is Lyle Talbot (the same guy who starred in a few decent films in the 30s but also PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and a lot of other turkeys). So, while I liked reading the other reviews, I was perplexed by the great cast comments. This was not a great cast--just a bunch of no-names from a Poverty Row studio.

As many point out, the first 10 minutes or so of the film is missing. This is true of the public domain copies and 50 pack copies from Mill Creek Entertainment. Additionally, since this is its pedigree, captioning and a high quality print are also absent.

The film begins in the middle of a discussion a group of crooks are having about trying to escape from the boat. It's obvious something is missing here, but it's easy enough to discern that a bunch of crooks were somehow lured aboard a mad doctor's boat and he's doing diabolical experiments on them! While this certainly isn't nice, at least he had the decency to pick some people who weren't particularly pillars of society! As for the film, it's really hard to judge the quality of it with a chunk missing. I can say that the ending and Talbot's scheme to get the bad guys to surrender was pretty clever, though. So overall, it's probably one to skip since even with the missing chunk in place (which it isn't), it's still not a great movie by any stretch.


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