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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 life is spared when his surgical skills save the life of the commandant's daughter.

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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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Several actors hired to perform in this movie, "Devil's Island (1939)," were not seen, despite most having character names. These were Lawrence Grant (First Official), Jack Mower (Sergeant), John J. Richardson, Jack Wise (Convict) and Theodore von Eltz (Second Official). 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 »

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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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La Marseillaise
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"My only crime was saving a life!"
18 June 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Excellent vehicle for the great Boris Karloff to branch out from playing horror roles and play the hero in a drama. Karloff plays a French brain surgeon who attends to a friend shot by the police. The friend is considered an enemy of the state so Karloff is tried and convicted of treason. He's sent to the penal colony on Devil's Island, where he suffers under the brutal conditions and the corrupt commandant in charge.

Warner Bros. was no stranger to making prison dramas. They made some of the best. This may not take place in a traditional American prison or chain gang but, make no mistake about it, this has many of the familiar plot elements you expect from those types of films. It's a B picture that barely clocks in at an hour but it's well-paced with terrific acting from Boris Karloff and a solid cast backing him up. It's one of Karloff's best non-horror roles and definitely something his fans will want to see.


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