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The Secret of Blood Island (1965)

Malaya, September 1944: Many British soldiers have been captured by the Japanese, when they were cut off from their troops. On her way to Kuala Lumpur, the British secret agent Elaine's ... See full summary »

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Quentin Lawrence

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John Gilling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hedley ... Crewe
Barbara Shelley ... Elaine
Patrick Wymark ... Major Jocomo
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Major Dryden (as Charles Tingwell)
Bill Owen ... Bludgin
Michael Ripper ... Lt Tojoko
Peter Welch ... Richardson
Lee Montague Lee Montague ... Levy
Edwin Richfield ... O'Reilly
Glyn Houston ... Berry
David Saire David Saire ... Kempi Chief
Philip Latham ... Captain Drake
Ian Whittaker Ian Whittaker ... Mills
John Southworth John Southworth ... Leonard
Peter Graze Peter Graze ... Red
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Malaya, September 1944: Many British soldiers have been captured by the Japanese, when they were cut off from their troops. On her way to Kuala Lumpur, the British secret agent Elaine's plane is shot down near such a prison camp. The men hide her among them, but when the Japanese threaten them with torture, their morale weakens. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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In the tradition of the great escape adventure! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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English

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April 1965 (USA) See more »

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P.O.W.: Prisoners of War See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.75: 1
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The film takes place in September 1944. See more »

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Referenced in Charade (1984) See more »

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Stupid Idea Made Worse By Bad Casting And Lazy Plotting
6 February 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Considering this film is 50 years old you'd expect it to have more than 50 votes and one comment . It's a film I've never seen broadcast on telly and Mike insinuates it's only been shown once late at night in the 1970s . After just watched the film I'm not surprised it's obscure

A major problem with it is the entirely ridiculous premise - " Female agent gets shot down in Malaya 1944 and in POW camp " . Yeah it's stupid but perhaps if the story had been developed more and was more thought out it wouldn't seem so ridiculous . . True people can hide in plain sight but as it stands here it's a ridiculous idea

There's other annoying aspects to the story . For example the lazy plotting where the Japanese commanding officer proclaims that at least one of the prisoners knows about this female agent . Now he knows that a female agent is in he area because she's been spotted by villagers but there's no way he'd know that she's made contact with one of the prisoners . This type of lazy plotting grates

It should also be pointed out that despite using Oriental actors as Japanese guards the two main characters are played by British actors Patrick Wymark and Michael Ripper both of whom are absolutely laughable . In fact you often think you're watching some pantomime version of ALLADIN . Considering Japanese war crimes were on a par with the Nazis and would easily be remembered when this film was made you're left with a feeling that can best be described as tasteless


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