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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
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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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A Drama of Inhuman Cruelty! 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 »

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Dr. Charles Gaudet: My only crime was saving a life. You call that treason?
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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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"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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