Sinners in Paradise (1938)





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A group of troubled passengers must face their pasts when their plane crashes on a deserted island.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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John Boles
as Jim Taylor
Madge Evans
as Anne Wesson
Bruce Cabot
as Robert Malone
Marion Martin
as Iris Compton
Gene Lockhart
as Sen. Corey
Charlotte Wynters
as Thelma Chase
Nana Bryant
as Mrs. Franklin Sydney
Milburn Stone
as Harrison Brand
Morgan Conway
as Honeyman
Dwight Frye
as Marshall (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Sinners in Paradise

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Though the story is trite, Whale keeps it lurid enough to hold one's interest.

Full Review… | May 29, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Sinners in Paradise

Sinners in Paradise Starring: John Boles, Madge Evans, Bruce Cabot, Milburn Stone, Willie Fung, and Gene Lockhart Director: James Whale When a plane bound for China crashes in the South Sea, the surviving passengers--a motly group of killers, criminals, and the criminally annoying--are stranded on an uncharted island. They soon discover they aren't alone, but that the mysterious Mr. Taylor (Boles) and his Chinese servant Ping (Fung) are already living there... shunning civilization for reeasons of their own. "Sinners in Paradise" is a movie that time has passed by. Not only is it a story that I've seen done far, far better (Will Eisner told this type of story several times in his "Spirit" comic strip, and although he may have been drawing inspiration partly from Whale's picture, his tales are better), but the dramatic portions of the story come across as eye-rollingly stupid to contemporary audiences. This film was far from James Whale's finest work. None of the creativity that was so evident in the productions of "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein" or "Showboat" can be seen here. Although this film probably had a budget far smaller than any of those other films, it still would have been nice to see [i]something[/i] that was a little beyond "get the shot and move on."

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

A bit hokey but still entertaining. The cast is decent, Gene lockhart comes off as the most professional. Cheaply made "B" film, but that isn't nevessarily a negative. Look at M Night Shyamalon, he gets huge budgets and makes films worse than this. They did a lot with the budget and it held my interest.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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