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Island of Doomed Men (1940)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  20 May 1940 (USA)
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Undercover agent Mark Sheldon gets paroled to a remote tropical island with a diamond mine manned by slave labor run by sadistic Stephen Danel.

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Rochelle Hudson ...
Lorraine Danel
Robert Wilcox ...
Mark Sheldon
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Siggy
Kenneth MacDonald ...
Doctor Rosener
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Captain Cort
Stanley Brown ...
Eddie
Earl Gunn ...
Mitchell
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Sadistic Stephen Danel owns a penal island, and when he is not humiliating and mistreating his wife, he is torturing his convict prisoners and using them for slave labor. Government agent Mark Sheldon is sent to infiltrate the island and bring Danel to justice. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Women shuddering at his cruel caress! Men dying under his torturing lash! See more »

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Dead Man's Isle  »

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Existing prints bear 1955 re-release title credits, with lettering in the middle of the screen so that they would not be cropped in wide screen projection. See more »

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Stephen Danel: [to Capt. Cort who's about to flog Mark Sheldon, a.k.a. Mr. Smith] Don't overdo it, Captain. There's a lot Mr. Smith ought to tell me and he may want to tell me before you finish. Oh, and be sure that he's able to work tomorrow.
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A film that lets Lorre be Lorre
9 September 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Given his reputation as the archetypal crazed villain, in his long film career Peter Lorre played relatively few such characters, but his Stephen Danel in "Island of Doomed Men" is powerful enough to imprint such an image in generations of movie-watchers. With typical grace and intelligence, Lorre crafts this pulp heavy into an intricate portrayal of the quintessential fascist bully, winning through intimidation, gratified at bending others to his will yet genuinely puzzled and hurt by his inability to earn the love of his cherished captive-wife. As with so many other films he appeared in, the mercurial actor brings something real and human to this typically false and silly Hollywood pantomime.


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