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Devil's Island (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 7 January 1939 (USA)
Unjustly condemned to Devil's Island and condemned to death, Dr. Gaudet's life is spared when his surgical skills save the life of the commandant's daughter.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (screen play), Don Ryan (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Charles Gaudet
Nedda Harrigan ... Madame Lucien
James Stephenson ... Col. Armand Lucien
Adia Kuznetzoff Adia Kuznetzoff ... Pierre
Rolla Gourvitch Rolla Gourvitch ... Collette
Will Stanton ... Bobo
Edward Keane ... Dr. Duval
Robert Warwick ... Demonpre
Pedro de Cordoba ... Marcal
Tom Wilson Tom Wilson ... Emil
John Harmon ... Andre
Richard Bond ... Georges
Earl Gunn Earl Gunn ... Leon
Sidney Bracey ... Soupy (as Sidney Bracy)
George Lloyd ... Dogface
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Storyline

For treating a wounded revolutionary, respected brain surgeon Dr. Gaudet is sentenced to the hellish French penal colony on Devil's Island. There, he rebels against the inhuman conditions and incurs the wrath of the brutal commander, Colonel Lucien. When Lucien's daughter is injured in an accident and only Gaudet can save her, the tables are turned. Written by Anonymous

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A Drama of Inhuman Cruelty! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Song of Hell See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several actors hired to perform in this movie, "Devil's Island (1939)," were not seen, despite most having character names. These were Lawrence Grant (First Official), Jack Mower (Sergeant), John J. Richardson, Jack Wise (Convict) and Theodore von Eltz (Second Official). See more »

Goofs

When the horse and carriage run away, it is obviously a dummy who falls out, not the commandant;s daughter. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Charles Gaudet: My only crime was saving a life. You call that treason?
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Remake of Devil's Island (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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"My only crime was saving a life!"
18 June 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Excellent vehicle for the great Boris Karloff to branch out from playing horror roles and play the hero in a drama. Karloff plays a French brain surgeon who attends to a friend shot by the police. The friend is considered an enemy of the state so Karloff is tried and convicted of treason. He's sent to the penal colony on Devil's Island, where he suffers under the brutal conditions and the corrupt commandant in charge.

Warner Bros. was no stranger to making prison dramas. They made some of the best. This may not take place in a traditional American prison or chain gang but, make no mistake about it, this has many of the familiar plot elements you expect from those types of films. It's a B picture that barely clocks in at an hour but it's well-paced with terrific acting from Boris Karloff and a solid cast backing him up. It's one of Karloff's best non-horror roles and definitely something his fans will want to see.


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