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Island of Doomed Men (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 May 1940 (USA)
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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Lorraine Danel
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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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The scenes of miners performing slave-labor for Peter Lorre were filmed in L.A.'s Griffith Park inside an area known as Bronson Canyon. See more »

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Stephen Danel: [Unlocking the gate] One moment, gentlemen. We have no police on the island, so one has to take certain precautions.
[Mark reaches up to touch wire fencing]
Stephen Danel: Oh, I wouldn't touch those wires if I were you, Mr. Smith. There's a slight electrical current passing through them, to keep out the animals and snakes. You see the jungle comes awfully close to us here.
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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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