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Escape from Hell Island (1963)

Approved | | Thriller | July 1963 (USA)
A Florida boat captain loses his license after an attempt to smuggle some Cuban refugees results in a woman dying in the process.


Mark Stevens


Robert Sheckley (based on a novel by), T.L.P. Swicegood (written for the screen by)


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Credited cast:
Mark Stevens ... Capt. James
Jack Donner ... Lyle Dennison
Linda Gaye Scott ... Linda Dennison (as Linda Scott)
David Aldrich David Aldrich ... Pete Sands
Louis Oquendo Louis Oquendo ... Domingo Rios
Russell Smith Jr. Russell Smith Jr. ... Coast Guard Officer
Mercedes Marlowe Mercedes Marlowe ... Mrs. Pete Sands
Jack Clarke Jack Clarke ... Bartender at Sloppy Joe's
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fern Martin Fern Martin
Alexander Panas Alexander Panas
Edmund Reed Edmund Reed


A Florida boat captain loses his license after an attempt to smuggle some Cuban refugees results in a woman dying in the process.

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July 1963 (USA) See more »

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Man in the Water See more »

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Key West Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Although not listed as an adaptation of Howard Hawks' classic Humphrey Bogart film loosely based on Ernest Hemingway's To Have And Have Not, there are many similarities including a Florida boat charter captain picking up refugees for money with a drunk shipmate working for him. See more »


Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 9 (2002) See more »

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Seen on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater in 1977
25 July 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1963's "Escape from Hell Island" is a no budget yawner directed by its star, Mark Stevens, who in the 1940s had worked opposite such actresses as Lucille Ball and Olivia De Havilland. As a director, he at least showed ingenuity in filming off Key West, as a captain hired to rescue some escaping Cubans from Castro's regime. Unfortunately, the ease with which he conducts the rescue leaves the film lurching through its final hour with nothing but a romance with a woman whose weakling hubby spends the last couple of reels keeping our hero from boarding his own boat, while a little stock footage (very little) of swimming sharks makes for a feeble attempt at suspense. This was one of the numerous Crown International titles that popped up on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater during the 1976-77 season, paired on Jan 1 1977 with second feature "The Lost World" (1960), which at least had the advantage of being in color (believe it or not, there was one repeat appearance from "Hell", Sept 1 1979). Mark Stevens subsequently kept busy in Europe, where he shot the German "Frozen Alive," a more suitable title for Chiller Theater that alas never appeared.

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