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Island of Doomed Men (1940)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 May 1940 (USA)
Undercover agent Mark Sheldon gets paroled to a remote tropical island with a diamond mine manned by slave labor run by sadistic Stephen Danel.

Director:

Charles Barton

Writer:

Robert Hardy Andrews (original screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Peter Lorre ... Stephen Danel
Rochelle Hudson ... Lorraine Danel
Robert Wilcox ... Mark Sheldon
Don Beddoe ... Brand
George E. Stone ... Siggy
Kenneth MacDonald ... Doctor Rosener
Charles Middleton ... Captain Cort
Stanley Brown ... Eddie
Earl Gunn Earl Gunn ... Mitchell
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Sadistic Stephen Danel owns a penal island, and when he is not humiliating and mistreating his wife, he is torturing his convict prisoners and using them for slave labor. Government agent Mark Sheldon is sent to infiltrate the island and bring Danel to justice. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Men die under the lash... of his TORTURING WHIP...! Women SHUDDER at the touch! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Man's Isle See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Existing prints bear 1955 re-release title credits, with lettering in the middle of the screen so that they would not be cropped in wide screen projection. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Rosener: What do you plan to do about him?
Stephen Danel: What do I plan to do about him? I have many plans for Mr. Smith.
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Lovely lashings of Lorre!
27 February 2000 | by Anne_SharpSee all my reviews

This delicious low camp kinkfest proves that studio-era censorship wasn't nearly as thorough as it's purported to have been. In what seems almost like a rehearsal for the tormented lustmurderer Dr. Rothe in "Der Verlorene," Lorre gives unexpected depth and nuance to the melodramatic villain Stephen Danel, with just a dash of his patented quirky humor. Though the film itself is crude and pulpy, with an extreme BDSM quotient (Danel's prisoners are kept in line with cat o' nine tails, as, it's strongly implied, is Mrs. Danel) Lorre's deft performance lifts "Island of Dommed Men" from the realm of the ridiculous into sublimity.


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