Devil's Island (1939)

Devil's Island (1939)





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

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

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Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Austin Chronicle

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