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A down-on-his luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder.

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Complete credited cast:
Dick Foran ...
Leo Carrillo ...
Peggy Moran ...
Fuzzy Knight ...
John Eldredge ...
Cousin George
Lewis Howard ...
Thurman Coldwater
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Professor Jasper Quinley
Walter Catlett ...
Sergeant McGoon
Ralf Harolde ...
Rod Grady
Iris Adrian ...
Arleen Grady
Foy Van Dolsen ...
Panama Pete (The Phantom)
Emmett Vogan ...
The Stranger
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Down-on-his luck entrepreneur Bill Martin and sidekick Stuff Oliver try to stay one step in front of creditors in their seedy waterfront office when they meet "The Captain," an idiosyncratic peg-legged old sailor. The Captain is convinced that the treasure of pirate Sir Henry Morgan is hidden somewhere in a castle on an offshore island recently inherited by Martin. His proof is a treasure map, half of which has been stolen by a mysterious Phantom who lurks in the shadows waiting for an opportunity to steal the other half. Sensing a moneymaking opportunity, Bill tries to recruit customers willing to pay $50 apiece for a "treasure hunt" outing to the "haunted" island. Among those signing up are heiress Wendy Creighton and her bored, ineffectual boy friend, a dimwitted police sergeant, a professor whose expertise is old maps, a wanted murderer and his moll, and Bill's cousin George, who has recently offered $20,000 to buy the supposedly worthless island. They all get more than the few ... Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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28 March 1941 (USA)  »

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$93,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The production was plagued by poor weather. In order to meet the tight 12-day production schedule, the cast and crew worked until midnight on several occasions. Star Dick Foran came down with a severe cold in the final days of shooting and missed a day's work. Consequently, his final scene was dropped. See more »

Goofs

Upon arriving at the Island Castle, the group of treasure seekers walk from the foyer to the study. A very visible crew member is in frame holding a spotlight on lead man Dick Foran. As the camera pans right, the crew member turns and walks out of frame. See more »

Quotes

Panama Pete: [over the loudspeaker] Leave the castle... leave the castle!
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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Horror Island (1941)

*** (out of 4)

Shockingly effective "B" thriller from Universal perfectly blends the mystery, horror and comedy genres. A con man (Dick Foran) takes a group of people to an island for a treasure hunt but soon a crazed madman starts killing them one by one. I was really shocked at how much I enjoyed this film considering how many of these types of films I've seen. The movie runs at lightening speed, which isn't the norm and all the jokes work wonderfully well. Foran makes for a good and charming leading man and the supporting cast does fine work as well. Unlike others in its genre, I didn't catch onto who the killer was either.


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