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Horror Island (1941)

A down-on-his-luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder.

Director:

George Waggner

Writers:

Maurice Tombragel (screenplay), Victor McLeod (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Dick Foran ... Bill Martin
Leo Carrillo ... Tobias Clump
Peggy Moran ... Wendy Creighton
Fuzzy Knight ... Stuff Oliver
John Eldredge ... Cousin George
Lewis Howard ... Thurman Coldwater
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Professor Jasper Quinley
Walter Catlett ... Sergeant McGoon
Ralf Harolde ... Rod Grady
Iris Adrian ... Arleen Grady
Foy Van Dolsen Foy Van Dolsen ... The Phantom
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... The Stranger
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Down-on-his-luck entrepreneur Bill Martin and sidekick Stuff Oliver try to stay one step in front of creditors in their seedy waterfront office when they meet "The Captain," an idiosyncratic peg-legged old sailor. The Captain is convinced that the treasure of pirate Sir Henry Morgan is hidden somewhere in a castle on an offshore island recently inherited by Martin. His proof is a treasure map, half of which has been stolen by a mysterious phantom who lurks in the shadows waiting for an opportunity to steal the other half. Sensing a moneymaking opportunity, Bill tries to recruit customers willing to pay $50 apiece for a "treasure hunt" outing to the "haunted" island. Among those signing up are heiress Wendy Creighton and her bored, ineffectual boy friend, a dimwitted police sergeant, a professor whose expertise is old maps, a wanted murderer and his moll, and Bill's cousin George, who has recently offered $20,000 to buy the supposedly worthless island. They all get more than the few ... Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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Trivia

"Universal" released this film only 25 days after shooting began on March 3, 1941, finishing on the 15th. See more »

Goofs

Though the Phantom has never been in the castle before, he seems to have a detailed knowledge of the house's layout with all its secret rooms and passages. See more »

Quotes

Professor Jasper Quinley: [examining the treasure map] It's amazing, positively amazing!
Bill Martin: You mean, it's on the level?
Professor Jasper Quinley: On the level? Oh, you mean "authentic?"
Stuff Oliver: Oh, what we want to know - is it real?
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Amusing horror quickie
28 July 2009 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Horror Island was obviously made on a shoestring budget to accompany some bigger Universal film. I wasn't surprised it took only twelve days to shoot. In spite of this, however, Horror Island is an entertaining little flick that never really has time to get boring. The first half of the film is the best; and this is mostly thanks to Dick Foran. He plays a 'wheeling and dealing' businessman who has a lot of creditors on his back. This leads him to begin offering trips to a haunted island where his punters can look for buried treasure. After getting together a party of people through various means, they set off to the island...and the film goes downhill from there. There's some subplot about a mysterious phantom wanting the treasure for himself; but it seems like the writer didn't really know what to do once we get to the main bulk of the film and a lot of the early momentum is lost. Still, the film is always at least amusing and at only sixty minutes, there's not enough time for it to outstay its welcome. The whole thing is rather jokey and silly and I'm not surprised it hasn't endured as one of Universal's classics. Still, it's worth a look if you have an hour to spare.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1941 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$93,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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