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Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | December 1932 (USA)
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An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Moreau
... Edward Parker
... Ruth Thomas
... Sayer of the Law
... The Panther Woman
... Montgomery
... Captain Davies
... Donahue
Hans Steinke ... Ouran
Tetsu Komai ... M'ling
... The Consul
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After his ship goes down, Edward Parker is rescued at sea. Parker gets into a fight with Captain Davies of the Apia and the Captain tosses him overboard while making a delivery to the tiny tropical island of Dr. Moreau. Parker discovers that Moreau has good reason to be so secretive on his lonely island. The doctor is a whip-cracking task master to a growing population of his own gruesome human/animal experiments. He does have one prize result, Lota the beautiful panther woman. Parker's fortunes for escape look up after his fiancée Ruth finds him with the help of fearless Captain Donohue. However, when Moreau's tribe of near-humans rises up to rebel, no one is safe... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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THE PANTHER WOMAN lured men on - only to destroy them body and soul! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

H.G. Wells' Island of Lost Souls  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The final draft screenplay, dated September 30, 1932, lists all the actors and roles they will play with the exception of the roles eventually played by Tetsu Komai, Bela Lugosi, and Paul Hurst. When comparing that script with the released film additional action and dialogue have been added for the scenes involving Lugosi and Hurst. Their parts have been "beefed" up, probably to help get them to play the roles. See more »

Goofs

As the beast-men attack Moreau's lab one of them brushes against a flaming torch and sets his furry head alight. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Montgomery: Mr. Hogan. Mr. Hogan! Derelict afloat with a man on board.
Mr. Hogan: Whereabouts?
Mr. Montgomery: Off your port bow.
Mr. Hogan: Aye.
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The rarest of treats -- a bona fide classic that still delivers!
20 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

I'll be brief: If you've never seen this definitive, influential horror film, see it. After all these years, it still has the power to shock. Good performances all around (Charles Laughton in particular). Small wonder this thing was banned in the U.K. for so long. Now that it's been remade (at least twice), it's worth taking a look at the original.


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