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Horror Island (1941)

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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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Cast

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 ...
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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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island | phantom | map | castle | murder | See more »


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28 March 1941 (USA)  »

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$93,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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Sergeant McGoon: Can somebody tell me why lobsters don't like beer?
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A fun variation on the treasure in the old dark house story
18 August 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Dick Foran stars as a very broke captain of a ship. Leo Carillo, playing a one legged sailor, turns up claiming to have a map of a treasure on an island that Foran owns. As dark robed phantoms flit in and out and bill collectors come calling, Foran is forced to go and take a look for the treasure himself, which means that it isn't long before everyone is wandering the halls of an old dark house...er castle. More amusing romp then straight out horror film, this is a delightful little movie that just drives to its conclusion once it gets started. Starting on the docks of an unnamed city this movie has a nice atmospheric feel to it that get it points for not being your typical old dark house story. I never expected it to play out the way it did since where it starts doesn't really give any clue as to where it ends up, I thought it was going to be a more nautical story than it is.. While the plot line doesn't completely make sense, it really doesn't matter since the cast is having such a good time that you're willing to follow them anywhere. I had a blast. Highly recommended for a dark and stormy night of late night movie watching.


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