Hell's Island (1955)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Mike Cormack
Mary Murphy ...
Janet Martin
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Eduardo Noriega ...
Inspector Peña
Arnold Moss ...
Paul Armand
Walter Reed ...
Sándor Szabó ...
Johann Torbig (as Sandor Szabo)
Pepe Hern ...
Robert Cabal ...
Miguel - Houseboy
Eduardo Martin


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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6 May 1955 (USA)  »

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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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Pungent John Payne/Phil Karlson duo team up for last time
27 December 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

After 99 River Street and Kansas City Confidential, world-weary bruiser John Payne teams up with director Phil Karlson for Hell's Island, this time in VistaVision (Payne apparently had the foresight to see that television would become a profitable market for color films). After being jilted, Payne drank himself out of a job in the L.A. district attorney's office and now serves as bouncer in a Vegas casino. A wheelchair-bound stranger (Francis L. Sullivan) engages him to locate a ruby that disappeared in a Caribbean plane crash; the bait is that it may be in the possession of the woman (Mary Murphy) who jilted him. Payne flies off to Santo Rosario and into a web of duplicity at whose center Murphy waits (she does the "femme" better than she does the "fatale," however). There's a splendid moment when she shuts up her doors and draws the curtains on the memory of her rich busband, now in a penal colony across the subtropical waters for supposedly causing the deadly crash. The movie's texture is spun from Payne's carrying a torch that fails to illuminate the amplitude of clues and warning signals all around him. Professionally done if not especially memorable, Hell's Island remains an enjoyable color noir -- the Payne/Karlson combo rarely disappoints.

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