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Fog Island (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 15 February 1945 (USA)
An inventor recently released from prison invites a group of former business associates to a holiday in his island home, intending to exact revenge on them.

Director:

Terry O. Morse (as Terry Morse)

Writers:

Pierre Gendron (screenplay), Bernadine Angus (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Zucco ... Leo Grainer
Lionel Atwill ... Alec Ritchfield
Jerome Cowan ... Kavanaugh
Veda Ann Borg ... Sylvia
Sharon Douglas Sharon Douglas ... Gail
John Whitney John Whitney ... Jeff
Jacqueline deWit ... Emiline Bronson (as Jacqueline DeWit)
Ian Keith ... Dr. Lake
George Lloyd ... Allerton - Butler
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Leo, a former convict, is living in seclusion on an island with his step-daughter, the daughter of his late wife. Leo was framed by a group of former business associates, and he also suspects that one of them killed his wife. He has invited the group to his island, tempting them by hinting about a hidden fortune, and he has installed a number of traps and secret passages in his home. He is aided in his efforts by a former cell-mate who holds a grudge against the same persons. When everyone arrives, the atmosphere of mutual suspicion and the thick fog that covers the island promise a tense and hazardous weekend for everyone. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Insel des Grauens See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the play, Angel Island (1937). Comedy-mystery. Written by Bernie Angus. Directed and produced by George Abbott. National Theatre: 20 Oct 1937- Nov 1937 (closing date unknown/21 performances). Cast included: Joyce Arling, Carroll Ashburn, Nigel Blake, Clayton Collyer, Morgan Conway, Alma Dickson, Betty Field, Clyde Fillmore, Arlene Francis, Thomas Graham, David Hoffman, Louise Larabee, Doro Merande, Lea Penman, Maidel Turner, Edith Van Cleve, Eric Wollencott. See more »

Goofs

Although the credits name George Zucco's character as 'Leo Grainer', he is referred to throughout the film as 'Leo Grainger'. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gail: Leo? Leo, are you out here?
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Soundtracks

Liebestraum (Love's Dream)
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Music by Franz Liszt
Played on organ by Sharon Douglas
Arranged by Karl Hajos
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Pretty Murky, But Holds Your Interest
19 September 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This crime/mystery drama is pretty murky in a number of respects, but it holds your interest most of the time with a tense and rather complicated story. George Zucco and Lionel Atwill are right at home in this kind of material, and the rest of the cast is solid if unspectacular.

The setup has Zucco as an ex-convict who has a mysterious home on "Fog Island", to which he lures an assortment of persons whom he holds responsible for framing him and for killing his wife. Zucco is convincing as a half-mad plotter, and although parts of his plan remain obscure or confusing, it's interesting in that his approach to revenge is not the usual one of direct confrontation.

Atwill and Veda Ann Borg are the liveliest of the supporting characters. John Whitney and Sharon Douglas are at least likable, but they are too plain to arouse much interest in their characters, who are significant to the story.

The fog and darkness that dominate the settings help to hide the low-budget production, and they also help in setting the atmosphere of confusion and distrust. There are a fair number of interesting moments, and although it doesn't all fit together as well as it could have, it's a fairly interesting offbeat feature of its kind.


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