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Fog Island (1945)

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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STARTLING...The Amazing Tale Of A Fog Swept Place Of Terror! See more »


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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

This almost forgotten film from the Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) was best remembered for bringing together the screen's two "masters of menace," George Zucco and Lionel Atwill. See more »

Goofs

When Sylvia opens the chest in the lounge and finds the skull, it is facing forward. In the longer shots, thereafter, it is facing upwards towards her. See more »

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Waltz in A Minor
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Cheap but enjoyable.
24 December 2002 | by GroovyDoomSee all my reviews

Although "Fog Island" is very stagy (which is understandable, seeing as it was adapted from a play), and the acting is often atrocious, it's very enjoyable for its black and white mystery atmosphere. It reminded me of the kind of drama that used to be produced for the radio on shows like "Inner Sanctum." The admittedly contrived story takes place predominantly in an old dark mansion which is, we are told, located on an island where the fog is constant and overpowering. Lionel Atwill, who was framed and sent up the river by some shifty associates in his business, devises a scheme to lure the conspirators to his remote home and have them kill each other for the fortune they think is hidden there.

The creaky story relies on all of the characters being murderously greedy, and this is the kind of movie where booby traps exist alongside secret passages and hidden compartments. Did houses like this really exist anywhere other than the movies?

Interestingly, although the plot comes off as contrived, it's not entirely predictable, either. It also benefits from not being overly long, clocking in at just about an hour. The presence of Lionel Atwill helps immensely. Would be great on a double bill with "Secret of the Blue Room".


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