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Hell on Devil's Island (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | August 1957 (USA)
Corrupt prison authorities use convict labor to run mines.



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Complete credited cast:
Paul Rigaud
Donna Martell ...
Giselle Renault
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Gov. Renault
Jay Adler ...
Peter Adams ...
Jacques Boucher
Edward Colmans ...
Jean Robert
Mel Welles ...
Felix Molyneaux
Charles Bohbot ...
Jay Allen


Written by Steven Ritch, based on any unpublished story by Arndt and Ethel Gius, Paul Rigaud, a former journalist, is released from unjustly imprisonment on infamous Devil's Island and, embittered by the cruelty he has seen, refuses to aid Governor Renault, who wishes to close the prison and aid the inmates. Bayard, the brutal prison warden, aids wealthy Jacques Boucher in a scheme to get cheap labor by forcing prisoners into debt and then sending them to Boucher's plantation to work in a secret gold mine. Rigaud and his friend Lulu learn of the mine and succeed in killing or capturing those responsible for the reign of terror. The prison is closed and Rigaud wins a pardon and the governor's daughter, Giselle. Written by Anonymous

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August 1957 (USA)  »

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Taverna dos Perdidos  »

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Reliable actors try to overcome dirt cheap budget
7 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Listen, you poisoned a couple of wives and I cracked some Foreign Legion skulls, we belong here... or someplace like it." So says Devil's Island prisoner Rex Ingram to his buddy Lou Adler in a Cayenne saloon in "Hell on Devil's Island" This low budget effort has an interesting story about a crusading journalist (Helmut Dantine) who is trapped at the French penal colony and combines with an honest Governor (Robert Cornthwaite) to overcome a brutal forced labor racket. The heavies are led by a whip-wielding William Talman who snarls his way through his last feature appearance before making his mark as D.A. Hamilton Burger in the Perry Mason television show.

An ensemble of veteran performers tries hard and the script, despite a few off-center laughs, really isn't that bad. The picture is ultimately betrayed by a rock-bottom budget laden with cheap-looking television interiors and an excessive number of two-shot,close-ups of the actors. The exterior 'jungle' scenes strongly resemble the old Republic lot across the street from O'Brien's Bar and the 76 station on Ventura Blvd in Studio City or Topanga Canyon before the strip malls and tract houses completely took over. One sequence was filmed in the caves by Griffith Park.

Imagine a movie about Devil's Island that possesses the expansive cinematography of a Jack Webb helmed television episode and you have a pretty good overview of this picture.

Not too bad if you don't take it seriously.

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