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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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Men die under the lash... of his TORTURING WHIP...! Women SHUDDER at the touch! 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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Stephen Danel: Crying, Lorraine? Many men are whipped on this island. You've never cried before.
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Best Lines ever delivered by Peter Lorre
11 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Peter Lorre was born to play Stephen Danel with lines like: "Mr. Smith, you shouldn't hold my wife like that." and "I told you not to keep the monkey in the house!" The poster for this film is an eerie green and Peter Lorre leers in way that makes you never want to go to his penal colony / island. This film is not available on DVD although it is a classic and very rarely shown on TV. What exactly is the relationship between Stephen Danel and the monkey? Why does the monkey upset him so much. We will never know. The film should be colorized by someone and excerpts should be made into a Kinks video. The film was re-released in the 1950s and only a few of the Peter Lorre biographies spend any text on this film. Casablanca was right around the corner. Bogart could have been on that island but they surely did not have the budget for him


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