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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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2 nominations See more »
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Not quite what the title etc suggests it would be but still enjoyable See more (59 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)
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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71 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Italy:16+ | UK:15 | 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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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Albrecht refers to Hermes as the god of medicine. In Greek mythology, Asclepius was the god of medicine. In terms of medical support, Hermes' assistance was sought by runners or any athletes with injuries.See more »
Quotes:
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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Featured in Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) (TV)See more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Not quite what the title etc suggests it would be but still enjoyable, 17 August 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

It is 1912 and Greece is deeply involved in the Balkan War. General Nikolas Pherides is in charge of a group of soldiers – driving them to breaking point in what some might call a cruel, twisted sense of patriotism. On a visit to the grave of his wife with visiting American Oliver Davis, Pherides finds the graves vandalised and demands answers from the local residents. He gets them but also accepts their offer of a bed for the night to save them making the long journey back to the troops. However during the night the plague is found on the small island and quarantine is declared to protect the troops. However they quickly find that the plague is not the only danger on the mysterious island.

Although the plot is unnecessarily busy considering the short running time, this is an effective enough drama although I would have liked more of the atmospheric horror to it. The plot involves the plague, suspicious characters, a driven man and possibly the undead; it builds well on the air of mystery and atmosphere although it never really gets close to some of the better Val Lewton films. Likewise the plot, although easy to follow, is not as simple and effective as it could have been and the various threads tend to slow down the film rather than compliment the atmosphere. The atmosphere is still good, although Robson has given it more of a melodramatic use of shadow at times rather than a tense use. That said, some moments are quite chilling and it'll still work on that basis.

Cramer is the main character despite the lower billing; he is a fairly standard, square jawed actor and he isn't that interesting as a result. Karloff is where the show is at and, although he is not playing a monster to the same degree as he often would, he is still very interesting and his performance is good. Support is so-so from the rest of the cast; Drew and Thimig are pretty good but Napier, Robards and Emery are not given the same chance to really shine.

Overall this is an enjoyable film but not the one to come to if you want to see the best that Lewton had to offer. The plot is more drama than atmospheric horror but it does still do this well at points. The cast are mostly good but they do tend to get in the way of Karloff, who is missed every time he goes off the screen.

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