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Island of Lost Men (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 16 August 1939 (USA)
An altered remake of 1933's "White Woman," finds cabaret-singer Kim Ling, daughter of a Chinese general who has been accused of absconding with government funds, arriving in the Straits ... See full summary »

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

Norman Reilly Raine (play), Frank Butler (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anna May Wong ... Kim Ling
J. Carrol Naish ... Gregory Prin
Eric Blore ... Herbert
Ernest Truex ... Frobenius
Broderick Crawford ... Tex Ballister
Anthony Quinn ... Chang Tai
William Haade ... Hambly
Rudolf Forster ... Prof. Sen
Richard Loo ... Gen. Ahn Ling
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An altered remake of 1933's "White Woman," finds cabaret-singer Kim Ling, daughter of a Chinese general who has been accused of absconding with government funds, arriving in the Straits Settlement. There, she meets Gregory Prin, a half-caste gun-runner and head of a jungle empire where he treats the Malaysians ruthlessly. She meets Prin and agrees to accompany him in search of her father, as she has several reasons to believe Prin is holding her father prisoner. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Remake of White Woman (1933) See more »

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Wong Overshadowed by Hammy Naish in Disappointing Vehicle
10 October 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Island of Lost Men (1939) does not show much of an improvement over Dangerous To Know (1938). The director (this time, Kurt Neumann) again allows the main player (this time, J. Carroll Naish, complete with a particularly grating, phony accent) to grossly over-act and swamp the rest of the cast, although Brod Crawford and Eric Blore give him a good run for his money. Anna May Wong, alas, is rather subdued. The ridiculously melodramatic script may have been tolerable given a different lead (bring back Akim Tamiroff!), even though its stage origins are never less than glaringly apparent. This movie represents the first of a dozen or so movies in which director Neumann teamed with photographer Karl Struss. As might be expected, the lighting is certainly attractive but, alas, nothing special.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1939 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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