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Hell's Island (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 May 1955 (USA)
Down-on-his-luck Mike Cormack is hired to fly to a Caribbean island to retrieve a missing ruby. On the island, possibly involved with the ruby's disappearance, is his ex-girlfriend.

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Mike Cormack
Mary Murphy ...
Janet Martin
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Barzland
Eduardo Noriega ...
Inspector Peña
Arnold Moss ...
Paul Armand
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Lawrence
Sándor Szabó ...
Johann Torbig (as Sandor Szabo)
Pepe Hern ...
Lalo
Robert Cabal ...
Miguel - Houseboy
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Eduardo Martin
Mario Siletti ...
Surgeon
Matty Fain ...
Pit Boss
Ralph Dumke ...
Casino Drunk
Lillian Molieri ...
Girl at Juke Box
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Down-on-his-luck Mike Cormack is hired to fly to a Caribbean island to retrieve a missing ruby. On the island, possibly involved with the ruby's disappearance, is his ex-girlfriend.

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Mike Cormack: I've been beaten, badgered, hit over the head, and mixed up in three killings, and believe me, I'm going to find out why.
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Hell's Island (1955)
3 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

A guy gets hired to find someone's ruby and some stuff happens. Sorry to be so vague, but it's a nondescript kind of movie. Very familiar scenario with the usual shadowy characters, convoluted backstory, femme fatale, double-crosses, witnesses suddenly getting killed, and so forth. It's executed well enough but has little spark. Earlier Phil Karlson directed John Payne in 99 RIVER STREET and KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL, both much more exciting and memorable films. Not that Payne is bad here, nor is the direction, it's just a meh movie. It is a joy to see Francis L. Sullivan... although he doesn't much screen time, he does have a hell of an exit scene. As for the visual style, it's a VistaVision Technicolor production... unfortunately my copy was fullscreen, faded and damaged, so I can't really comment. Worthwhile if you really need a noir fix, but pretty bland.


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