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Devil's Island (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  7 January 1939 (USA)
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Unjustly condemned to Devil's Island and condemned to death, Dr. Gaudet's like is spared when his surgical skills save the life of the commandant's daughter.

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Nedda Harrigan ...
Madame Lucien
James Stephenson ...
Col. Armand Lucien
Adia Kuznetzoff ...
Pierre
Rolla Gourvitch ...
Collette
Will Stanton ...
Bobo
Edward Keane ...
Dr. Duval
Robert Warwick ...
Demonpre
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Marcal
Tom Wilson ...
Emil
John Harmon ...
Andre
Richard Bond ...
Georges
Earl Gunn ...
Leon
Sidney Bracey ...
Soupy (as Sidney Bracy)
George Lloyd ...
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For treating a wounded revolutionary, respected brain surgeon Dr. Gaudet is sentenced to the hellish French penal colony on Devil's Island. There, he rebels against the inhuman conditions and incurs the wrath of the brutal commander, Colonel Lucien. When Lucien's daughter is injured in an accident and only Gaudet can save her, the tables are turned. Written by Anonymous

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He escaped from a life worse than death . . . Devil's Island . . . the last haven of horror for the fiercest criminals on earth ! See more »

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7 January 1939 (USA)  »

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Song of Hell  »

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Filmed late June-early August 1938 (copyright 1939), Boris Karloff's first screen role since The Invisible Menace (1938) in late 1937. His next two features were Mr. Wong, Detective (1938) (copyright 1938) and Son of Frankenstein (1939) (copyright 1939). See more »

Goofs

When the horse and carriage run away, it is obviously a dummy who falls out, not the commandant;s daughter. See more »

Quotes

Madame Lucien: [Refering to Gaudet] Did you see him, Daniel?
Daniel - Madame Lucien's Servant: Yes, Ma'am.
Madame Lucien: How is he?
Daniel - Madame Lucien's Servant: Not good, Madame. He'll be a crazy man before long unless he gets out of there.
Madame Lucien: If there only was some way I could help him!
Daniel - Madame Lucien's Servant: [He looks around to be sure no one is listening] There is a way, Madame... money, for the bell.
Madame Lucien: The bell?
Daniel - Madame Lucien's Servant: That's the word we convicts have for freedom.
Madame Lucien: Could he... could he buy his way to freedom?
Daniel - Madame Lucien's Servant: Money will buy anything on this island, Madame. It'll buy a man's way to the coast and a boat too with which ...
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Remake of Devil's Island (1926) See more »

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La Marseillaise
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Very Good
11 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Devil's Island (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Gritty prison drama from Warner Bros. features Boris Karloff as a brain surgeon who is sent to Devil's Island, although he's innocent. Once there he sees the torture brought on by the warden and plans on doing something about it. I was really surprised by how good this one was. The film would have benefited by a longer running time and some deeper scenes but it's still highly entertaining. Karloff was the best of the horror actors in my opinion but he could sleepwalk through roles every once in a while. Here he gives one of the best performances of his career outside the role of the monster. He had a burning energy throughout the film that was a lot of fun to watch. The ending doesn't work but this would be a good selection for Vol. 2 of the Controversial Collection since this film was originally banned in France and had the French government put a ban on all Warner films for a couple years (so I read).


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