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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.



(story "A Thousand Deaths")

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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Herbert Stander
Joan Martel (as Jacqueline Wells)
Poison Mary Slavish
Dirk - Stander's Aide
Harry 'The Carver' Bogard
Julian Madison ...
Paul - Stander's Aide
Eddie Holden ...
Ole Olson
John Ritter
Stanley Blystone ...
Capt. Mike Briggs
Leander De Cordova ...
Ezra Matthews (as Leander de Cordova)
Demetrius Alexis ...
Steve Murano (as Dmitri Alexis)
Skelton Knaggs ...
Jesse Bixel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reporter (unconfirmed)


A mad scientist performs experiments on "the criminal mind" on captured criminals on board his private ship.

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28 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


[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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Sheer Torture
1 March 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Jack London's short story "A Thousand Deaths" is virtually unrecognizable in this sluggish cinematic translation. For "Torture Ship", the self-described protagonist becomes Lyle Talbot (as Bob Bennett). The original's father is now uncle Irving Pichel (as Herbert Stander). A mad doctor, Mr. Pichel has isolated what he calls, "The active ingredient of the endocrine glands governing criminality." Pichel takes Mr. Talbot, some aides, and some crooks on a cruise to experimentation. Talbot is "free from criminal taint," but becomes temporarily mean. Additional nastiness ensues...

** Torture Ship (10/28/39) Victor Halperin ~ Lyle Talbot, Irving Pichel, Julie Bishop

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