Devil's Island (1939)

Devil's Island (1939)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Devil's Island Photos

Movie Info

Veteran movie heavy Boris Karloff plays a sympathetic role in Devil's Island. Karloff portrays a humanitarian physician, arrested for treating the wounds of a treasonous fugitive. Sent to the Devil's Island penal colony, Dr. Karloff runs afoul of sadistic commandant James Stephenson, who seems obsessed by the guillotine (an execution sequence is one of the film's longest scenes). Stephenson's wife Nedda Harrigan, fed up with her husband's cruelties, aids Karloff in turning the tables on the commandant. Participating in an escape, Karloff makes his way to freedom and clears his name. Devil's Island runs a scant 60 minutes, due to editing demands made by the French consulate in Washington, who felt that the film was detrimental to Franco-American relations.
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Warner Bros.


Boris Karloff
as Dr. Charles Gaudet
James Stephenson
as Colonel Armand Lucien
Nedda Harrigan
as Madame Helene Lucien
Adia Kuznetzoff
as Pierre Leroux
Edward Keane
as Dr. Duval
Robert Warwick
as Demontre
Tom Wilson
as Emil
John Harmon
as Andre
Richard Bond
as Georges
Earl Gunn
as Leon
George Lloyd
as Dogface
Charles Richman
as Gov. Beaufort
Stuart Holmes
as Gustav Le Brun
Leonard Mudie
as Advocate General
Egon Brecher
as Debriac
Frank Reicher
as President of Assize Court
John Hamilton
as Ship's Captain
Alan Bridge
as Guard
Earl Dwire
as Guard
Dick Rich
as Guard
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Devil's Island

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

While the camera probes the brutalities inflicted on the prisoners, the drama is savagely realistic.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Socially relevant drama about abusive conditions in France's Devil's Island penal colony.

Full Review… | October 1, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Quote not available.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Devil's Island

There are no audience reviews yet. Hurry, submit your review so you can be first!

Devil's Island Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Devil's Island on our Movie forum!

News & Features