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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

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Maxwell Shane (written for the screen by), Jack Leonard (story) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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Solid Karlson/Payne effort...plus the amazing Mary Murphy*
2 September 2019 | by ripplinbucketheadSee all my reviews

We begin with a scene under the opening credits where a man (John Payne) is being held at gunpoint by a man in a wheelchair and his cronies. What's going on? Turns out the one being held up is a former D.A. assistant, now a bouncer, hired to retrieve a missing ruby on a Caribbean island, where he knows his ex-girlfriend (Mary Murphy) is. When he gets there and sees her in a market, she runs away. He finds out that there is intrigue aplenty and his ex is possibly in it up to her neck. Can he trust her?

This was a decent one, the third of three teamings of John Payne with director Phil Karlson. (first was Kansas City Confidential, second was 99 River Street) It uses a lot of familiar elements from other noirs and does so mostly successfully. I found the story kinda bogged down here and there, but is generally solid. Some good action and surprises.

The other two movies I mentioned are better, especially the mighty K.C.C., but this is still worth a look, especially if you enjoy Payne as a tough guy.

As an aside, Mary Murphy sure can walk away!



*the lovely actress, not the incredibly annoying screeching woman on those dance shows!


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