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Island of Doomed Men (1940)

 -  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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Stephen Danel
Rochelle Hudson ...
Lorraine Danel
Robert Wilcox ...
Mark Sheldon
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Brand
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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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Paroled prisoners ENSLAVED... in a tropical PARADISE of torture! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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20 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Man's Isle  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Mitchell: [to Danel] You dirty slave-trading rat!
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KEEP THAT MONKEY AWAY FROM ME!
2 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Peter Lorre is perfect in this role, a calm, controlling madman with a terrifying temper bubbling underneath. Flashes of his temper are the highlights of the movie. Whomever played his wife could've probably been out-acted by a beanbag, but she's pretty, so it's ok. The other main man was okay, and I was rooting for him like I was supposed to. I guess the underlying question is: Could an island of slavery actually exist? Just kidding. The movie is not that deep, or worthy of further thought. The underlying question actually is: What does Peter Lorre have against monkeys?


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