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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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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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Mike Cormack: I've been beaten, badgered, hit over the head, and mixed up in three killings, and believe me, I'm going to find out why.
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Maltese Falcon for the 50's
4 July 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Looks like Paramount decided to make a version of The Maltese Falcon (1941), in Vista Vision, no less. Frankly, I would have preferred good old b&w for the noir material, but then who's going to leave their new-fangled 1955 TV for more b&w. The plot may be familiar— a ruthless spider woman tricks a fall guy for insurance money– but it's still slickly done. Then too, Payne grimaces appropriately as schemes unfold around him, while Murphy looks the part of a deadly bon-bon. Still, she lacks that inner spider dimension that Mary Astor revealed so tellingly in the original. And what about ex-wrestler Sandor Szabo as what else but a gruesome thug.

I had trouble following all the twists and turns of who did what to whom, but I guess it all got explained in the wrap. Too bad production didn't work in more raw evil since director Karlson can really make you feel it. No this is no Phenix City Story (1955) or Kansas City Confidential (1952), the culmination of Karlson's career, at least in my little book. But the results are still engaging, thanks to Payne, a sensually recumbent Murphy, and a fat guy not named Sydney Greenstreet.


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