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Torture Ship (1939)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 28 October 1939 (USA)
A mad scientist performs experiments on "the criminal mind" on captured criminals on board his private ship.


Victor Halperin


Jack London (story "A Thousand Deaths")

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Complete credited cast:
Lyle Talbot ... Lt. Bob Bennett
Irving Pichel ... Dr. Herbert Stander
Julie Bishop ... Joan Martel (as Jacqueline Wells)
Sheila Bromley ... Poison Mary Slavish
Anthony Averill ... Dirk - Stander's Aide
Russell Hopton ... Harry 'The Carver' Bogard
Julian Madison Julian Madison ... Paul - Stander's Aide
Eddie Holden Eddie Holden ... Ole Olson
Wheeler Oakman ... John Ritter
Stanley Blystone ... Capt. Mike Briggs
Leander De Cordova Leander De Cordova ... Ezra Matthews (as Leander de Cordova)
Demetrius Alexis Demetrius Alexis ... Steve Murano (as Dmitri Alexis)
Skelton Knaggs ... Jesse Bixel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carleton Young ... Reporter (unconfirmed)


A mad scientist performs experiments on "the criminal mind" on captured criminals on board his private ship.

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Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

28 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mil muertos en el mar See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Wednesday 20 December 1950 on WABD (Channel 5). See more »


[first lines]
First reporter: Doctor, is it true that through your experiments in endocrine glands you can cure crime?
Second reporter: What about this crime cure?
Dr. Herbert Stander: Boys, after the grand jury's decision, I'll have a statement to make. If making a criminal mind is normal... than I'll be indicted.
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Alpha Video is 63 minutes long
20 March 2010 | by MovieResearchSee all my reviews

The Alpha Video release seems to be fairly complete with the entire story intact (except for some splicy sections in what was probably a 16mm television print: The story does make sense in this version which has the entire explanation of why the criminals are on the ship in the first place and what the doctor's motivations are.

It is mysterious that the film runs about 63 minutes when the main IMDb description has it released at 57 minutes. That's probably incorrect and doesn't represent the original theatrical release, but rather some random individual's timing from a DVD or VHS tape that wasn't complete in the first place.

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