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Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  15 August 1943 (USA)
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The owner of a seedy dive and brothel on a South Seas island meets two treasure hunters looking for a sunken ship with a $3-million cargo of gold. She persuades them to let her in on the ... See full summary »

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The owner of a seedy dive and brothel on a South Seas island meets two treasure hunters looking for a sunken ship with a $3-million cargo of gold. She persuades them to let her in on the deal. Complications ensue because of intrigue, double-crosses and an approaching violent monsoon. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Tidal wave of torrid romance and thrills in the South Seas!


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| (2004 National Film Museum Incorporated print ) | (copyright length)

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(RCA Sound System)

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The 2004 National Film Museum Incorporated print is missing the director credit as well as 8 minutes of running time. See more »

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Gale Sondergaard loses an earring, which appears and disappears in succeeding shots. See more »

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Marge Willison: Cut it! I said cut it or I'll throw you both out! If you want to maul each other, do it when there's no boat in port. Understand?
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Edited from Jungle Siren (1942) See more »

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Whiskey Johnny
Sung by John Carradine and Frank Fenton
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Just Fair, Though It Does Have Its Moments
12 December 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is really only fair, but it does have its moments, and it works all right as light entertainment. The story has plenty of adventure and intrigue, though it has a few too many leaps of logic as it tries to pack an awful lot into a relatively brief running time. Gale Sondergaard, John Carradine, and Sidney Toler give the cast some good leads, and they help keep things going despite some stretches of weak dialogue.

The main part of the story has Carradine, as a diver, and his partner/rival (Frank Fenton) matched in a deadly battle of wits with Toler and his accomplices. Sondergaard plays the owner of a disreputable haven for seafarers, who is close to Carradine's character. The story features a couple of interesting turns, and the approaching monsoon adds some extra drama.

Sondergaard gets a lot of screen time in the earlier scenes, but her character gradually fades into the background, and becomes a spectator for most of the last part. It's unfortunate, since she is easily the most accomplished performer in the cast. Carradine and Toler both give entertaining light performances, exaggerating their characters somewhat. The relationship between the two divers, with its conflicting rivalries and loyalties, could have been made a much more significant part of the movie. Fenton's screen presence isn't strong enough for him to be much of a complement to Carradine, and as a result some of their exchanges are not as sharp as they could have been.

The action sequences and the sense of danger are usually effective enough. Overall, it's a fairly solid B-feature, and would probably be worth seeing for most of those who like the genre.


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