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Isle of Missing Men (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 September 1942 (USA)
A penal colony governor invites a ravishing blond vagabond to join him for a week on his island prison grounds, unaware that she has manipulated their meeting for ulterior motives.



(play) (as Gina Kauss), (play) (as Ladislaus Fodor) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Merrill Hammond
Diana Bryce
Thomas 'Dan' Bentley, alias Curtis
Dr. Henry Brown
George Kent
Bar Steward
Captain Sanchez of the Mariposa
Geraldine Gray ...
Sally - Ship Passenger
Egon Brecher ...
Richard Heller
Kitty O'Neil ...
Nurse Pauline
Bob Henderson (as Kenneth Duncan)
Charles Williams ...
Jo-Jo (as Charley Williams)
Prisoner Tony
Alex Havier ...


A penal colony governor invites a ravishing blond vagabond to join him for a week on his island prison grounds, unaware that she has manipulated their meeting for ulterior motives.

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ADVENTURE... in a dangerous world of men!


Drama | Romance






Release Date:

18 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Isle of Fury  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the bombing scene in the first ten minutes of the film, the plane first shown as a bomber hunting in the fog for the S.S. BOMBAY is a Douglas DC-3, an aircraft that was used during the Second World War exclusively by the Allies, and then only for personnel and freight transport, never for bombing. Moreover, even if it could have been modified into a bomber, it is unlikely that a DC-3 would have attacked shipping from Allied countries. Additionally, during the course of pursuing the ship, the DC-3 inexplicably transforms into a smaller aerobatic plane, which strafes the ship with machine-gun fire, after which it transforms back into a DC-3 and drops its bombs on the ship (but misses it). See more »


Etude Op.10, No.3
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Frederic Chopin)
(heard instrumentally in main title and score)
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Helen Gilbert Dazzles
10 August 2012 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

Like most Monogram films, about three sets are used for 75% of the picture. Unlike most Monogram films, this one has some fine writing, acting and direction.

The best thing about this film is Helen Gilbert. In the film, two men fall madly in love with her and basically commit crimes and throw away their careers away for her after seeing her only a few times. Helen is just beautiful enough to make this believable. He is posed, intelligent and plays the piano beautifully.

In real life she was married seven times between 1938 and 1950. One can only imagine how many proposals she turned down. She only starred in four or five movies and it is hard to understand why she did not become a much bigger star.

As usual, Alan Mowbray gives a wonderfully comic performance, as the doctor who quickly losses his objectivity over Helen. As usual, Gilbert Rowland is effective as a convict trying to escape from a prison island.

Nothing much happens in the film. It doesn't quite fit into any genre type, being a mix of romantic comedy and escape from prison melodrama. Yet, it manages to be mostly surprising, breezy and fun. Its a nifty little picture from Monogram, well worth the one hour and six minutes it takes to see it.

Seven of my eight points is for Helen Gilbert.

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