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Devil's Island (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 7 January 1939 (USA)
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
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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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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 »

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

Quotes

Guard Drugged by Gaudet: [Refering to Gaudet as he relieves his fellow guard] How's the star boarder?
Guard Accepting Bribe: Very quiet.
Guard Drugged by Gaudet: [Cynically] They all quiet down after a while.
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Remake of Devil's Island (1926) See more »

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La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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BORIS KARLOFF IS A RESPECTED BRAIN SURGEON!
10 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dr. Gaudet(Boris Karloff) is a respected brain surgeon, and is unjustly sentenced to ten years' imprisonment on Devil's Island. Gaudet draws attention to himself by complaining about the in-human conditions and leads an unsuccessful revolt. As punishment, the warden sentences Karloff and his comrades to death. Boris Karloff plays the lead convincingly, making himself as pathetic a character as possible. It is a very mild acting role for Boris, and that is probably why George Raft had turned the role down. France decided not to eliminate the notorious colony and attacked the film as anti-French at the preview in January 1939. They immediately banned all future Warner Bros. films. A year later it was released, but by this time, France was too busy with World War II to object.


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