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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:

USA

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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Enjoyable enough but very, very familiar.
29 November 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a decent film noir production. It stars John Payne in the latter portion of his career--when he was no longer a pretty-boy or light-weight singer. He was good as an angry noir hero and I certainly thought that he was up to the task. However, the plot is another story. While it's not bad, it's VERY, VERY familiar--like the writer was simply regurgitating portions of other movies he'd recently seen. In MANY ways, it's a reworking of "The Maltese Falcon" that is set in Mexico--and even has a similar sort of dame and a fat guy doing a Sidney Greenstreet imitation! It is also like several other B-movies I've seen over the years. Nothing particularly original about this one. It's got a few weaknesses (the woman is so OBVIOUSLY evil yet our hero doesn't recognize this for the longest time--even though he's a well-educated guy!) and about all you'd expect from a film of this sort--double-crosses, murders and the like. A decent time-passer but no more.


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