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Port Sinister (1953)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Sci-Fi  |  10 April 1953 (USA)
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A 17th-century Caribbean port rumored to have frequented by pirates rises from the ocean floor, where it came to rest after an earthquake many years before. A scientist wants to study it, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Warren ...
Tony Ferris
Lynne Roberts ...
Dr. Joan Hunter
Paul Cavanagh ...
John Kolvac
...
Collins
House Peters Jr. ...
Jim Garry
Marjorie Stapp ...
Technician
Helen Winston ...
Florence
Eric Colmar ...
Christie
Norman Budd ...
Akers
Anne Kimbell ...
Nurse (as Anne Kimball)
Robert Bice ...
George Burt
Merritt Stone ...
Nick
Ken Terrell ...
Hollis
Charles Victor ...
Coast Guard Lieutenant
Edward Hearn ...
Capt. Crawley (as E. Guy Hearn)
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A 17th-century Caribbean port rumored to have frequented by pirates rises from the ocean floor, where it came to rest after an earthquake many years before. A scientist wants to study it, some thugs want the treasure alleged to be stored there, a bunch of mutated giant crabs living there attack them all. Written by Marty McKee <mailto:mmckee@soltec.net>

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Adventure on the High Seas...As a Sunken City Rises From Its Watery Grave (original poster) See more »


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10 April 1953 (USA)  »

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A Ilha dos Homens Sem Alma  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Jim Garry: Do you think they have Joan?
Tony Ferris: No.
Jim Garry: What makes you say that?
Tony Ferris: They'd have to reckon with us. Kolvac is smart enough to know that Joan is better ammunition than bullets.
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A nice little programmer if you aren't expecting much
28 January 2001 | by (St. Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Port Sinister is a nice little b-movie. It's nothing spectacular, but its entertaining.

To me, it has the feel of a movie serial (in fact, there are a few actors in it from the old chapterplays). The story is relatively preposterous even for fifties science fiction: The legendary pirate town of Port Royal is scheduled to rise again from the sea and a scientific expedition to study it is hijacked by a band of criminals who hope to get all the hidden loot of the Governor's mansion.

The only "name" you'll probably recognize in the cast is William Schallert (The Patty Duke Show, The Man From Planet X) who is cast as one of the double-crossing bad guys.

There are some interesting special effects though. The sets are rather involved for a low-budget movie, with a lot of elevation and nooks and crannies for the heroes and baddies to get around. The crab monster that attacks some of the characters is actually one of the better crustacean monsters I've seen, with the only drawback being some stilted puppetry.

I mainly wanted to watch this film because I collect fifties science fiction films. I wasn't expecting anything tremendously brilliant, but was pleasantly surprised at the relative cohesiveness and compactness of this little story.


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