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Hell's Island (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 June 1955 (USA)
Down-on-his-luck Mike Cormack is hired to fly to a Caribbean island to retrieve a missing ruby. On the island, possibly involved with the ruby's disappearance, is his ex-girlfriend.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Maxwell Shane (written for the screen by), Jack Leonard (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... Mike Cormack
Mary Murphy ... Janet Martin
Francis L. Sullivan ... Barzland
Eduardo Noriega ... Inspector Peña
Arnold Moss ... Paul Armand
Walter Reed ... Lawrence
Sándor Szabó ... Johann Torbig (as Sandor Szabo)
Pepe Hern Pepe Hern ... Lalo
Robert Cabal ... Miguel - Houseboy
Paul Picerni ... Eduardo Martin
Mario Siletti ... Surgeon
Matty Fain Matty Fain ... Pit Boss
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Casino Drunk
Lillian Molieri ... Girl at Juke Box
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Down-on-his-luck Mike Cormack is hired to fly to a Caribbean island to retrieve a missing ruby. On the island, possibly involved with the ruby's disappearance, is his ex-girlfriend.

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Country:

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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love is a Weapon See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Barzland: The young man requires persuading to talk.
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Pungent John Payne/Phil Karlson duo team up for last time
27 December 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

After 99 River Street and Kansas City Confidential, world-weary bruiser John Payne teams up with director Phil Karlson for Hell's Island, this time in VistaVision (Payne apparently had the foresight to see that television would become a profitable market for color films). After being jilted, Payne drank himself out of a job in the L.A. district attorney's office and now serves as bouncer in a Vegas casino. A wheelchair-bound stranger (Francis L. Sullivan) engages him to locate a ruby that disappeared in a Caribbean plane crash; the bait is that it may be in the possession of the woman (Mary Murphy) who jilted him. Payne flies off to Santo Rosario and into a web of duplicity at whose center Murphy waits (she does the "femme" better than she does the "fatale," however). There's a splendid moment when she shuts up her doors and draws the curtains on the memory of her rich busband, now in a penal colony across the subtropical waters for supposedly causing the deadly crash. The movie's texture is spun from Payne's carrying a torch that fails to illuminate the amplitude of clues and warning signals all around him. Professionally done if not especially memorable, Hell's Island remains an enjoyable color noir -- the Payne/Karlson combo rarely disappoints.


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