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Isle of the Dead -- Boris Karloff stars in this classic horror film about a group of people who seek refuge from the plague on a Baltic Island only to fear that one of their number is a vampire.

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Director:
Writer:
Ardel Wray (written by)
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Release Date:
1 September 1945 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
SHE ISN'T DEAD yet she's BURIED ALIVE! (original half-sheet poster) See more »
Plot:
On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Under-appreciated gem See more (63 total) »

Cast

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Boris Karloff ... Gen. Nikolas Pherides

Ellen Drew ... Thea
Marc Cramer ... Oliver Davis
Katherine Emery ... Mrs. Mary St. Aubyn
Helene Thimig ... Madame Kyra

Alan Napier ... St. Aubyn
Jason Robards Sr. ... Albrecht (as Jason Robards)
Ernst Deutsch ... Dr. Drossos (as Ernst Dorian)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sherry Hall ... Col. Kobestes (uncredited)
Erick Hanson ... Officer (uncredited)
Rose Hobart ... Mrs. Mary St. Aubyn (in long shot) (uncredited)
Skelton Knaggs ... Andrew Robbins (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Robson 
 
Writing credits
Ardel Wray (written by)

Val Lewton  uncredited
Josef Mischel  uncredited

Produced by
Jack J. Gross .... executive producer
Val Lewton .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
 
Cinematography by
Jack MacKenzie (director of photography) (as Jack Mackenzie)
 
Film Editing by
Lyle Boyer 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter E. Keller 
 
Set Decoration by
Albert Greenwood  (as Al Greenwood)
Darrell Silvera 
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Scott .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jean L. Speak .... sound recordist
James G. Stewart .... sound re-recordist
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
71 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Italy:16+ | UK:15 | UK:X (1955) | USA:Approved (PCA #10319)

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Filming began in July 1944, but was suspended when Boris Karloff required back surgery. It was completed in December 1944. After Karloff had recovered from surgery, but before the cast of Isle of the Dead (1945) could be reassembled, Val Lewton and Karloff made The Body Snatcher (1945), which was released first.See more »
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Factual errors: General Pherides has two stars on his collar to denote his rank, whereas Doctor Drossos has epaulettes of knotted embroidery. The Hellenic Army of the Balkans War did not use insignia on collars to denote rank. Rank was indicated on epaulettes. A Lieutenant General's epaulette had two large silver stars on gold embroidery with red edging. A Captain's epaulette has three smaller silver stars on a striped epaulette (red-gold-red).See more »
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Thea:Laws can be wrong, and laws can be cruel, and the people who live only by the law are both wrong and cruel.See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Under-appreciated gem, 24 October 2000
Author: GKersh from Wisconsin

Wonderfully atmospheric film with a unique sense of place and well-drawn characters. Karloff's performance here is excellent, yet very different from his work in other films. You may be disappointed if you go in expecting something like his horror classics for Universal. This one is suggestive rather than shocking, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes the subtle horrors of Cat People, The Innocents, or even Rosemary's Baby. Because of its literate script and interesting character development, Isle of the Dead may also appeal to others who don't usually like horror.

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