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Safe in Hell (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 12 December 1931 (USA)
After accidentally killing the man who raped her and forced her into prostitution, a New Orleans woman flees to a Caribbean island. While she awaits her fiancé, the vicious local police chief sets his sights on her.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Houston Branch (play), Joseph Jackson (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Mackaill ... Gilda Carlson - aka Gilda Erickson
Donald Cook ... Carl Bergen - aka Carl Erickson
Ralf Harolde ... Piet Van Saal
John Wray ... Egan
Ivan F. Simpson ... Crunch (as Ivan Simpson)
Victor Varconi ... General Emmanuel Jesus Maria Gomez
Morgan Wallace ... Mr. Bruno - the Hangman
Nina Mae McKinney ... Leonie - the Hotel Manager
Charles Middleton ... Lawyer Jones
Clarence Muse ... Newcastle - the Porter
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Larson (as Gustav Von Seyffertitz)
Noble Johnson ... Bobo - a Caribbean Policeman
Cecil Cunningham ... Angie
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Storyline

Sought by the New Orleans police for accidentally killing the man who raped her and forced her into prostitution, a woman flees New Orleans for a Caribbean island. Surrounded by lecherous criminals, she awaits the return of her fiancé and seems to be holding her own until the treachery of the local police chief leaves her but one choice to gain her freedom. Written by indexcard

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Lost in a land of forgotten men- Hell lower than that from which she fled. (Print Ad- Lockport Union-Sun and Journal, ((Lockport NY)) 1 February 1932)

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lost Lady See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At a time when most African-Americans were stereotyped, both Nina Mae McKinney and Clarence Muse were the two most reputable characters in the movie. Although their parts in the script are written in dialect, both spoke normally. See more »

Goofs

While Carl is away, Gilda supposedly plays over 3400 games of solitaire in two weeks. Assuming an average of five minutes per game, this would require her to play at least 16 hours every single day. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Emmanuel Jesus Maria Gomez: [Egan has just grabbed a live hen off the hotel floor] May I ask you, Señor, what your intentions are for the chicken?
Lawyer Jones: Honorable, I hope.
Egan: None of your business! And that goes for ALL of you mugs!
[they all laugh mockingly]
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The title card shows burning flames covering the letters of the title. See more »


Soundtracks

When It's Sleepy Time Down South
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Leon René, Otis René and Clarence Muse
Played when Carl and Gilda arrive at the hotel
Sung by Nina Mae McKinney
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Another fascinating pre-code gem
5 April 2000 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Safe In Hell is is a cross between Sadie Thompson and The Getaway, with Dorothy Mackaill in stunning form as the 'bad girl' who runs away to a remote Caribbean island to escape her past. Director William Wellman delivers another quality picture, and we get to see Nina Mae McKinney's star power on display (including one hot jazz number!). The story is silly but fans of early thirties cinema need to see this.


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