Island of Doomed Men

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Island of Doomed Men

Charles Barton
USA, 1940
68min, OF

Quelle: Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Island of Doomed Men

Charles Barton
USA, 1940
, 68min, OF

Cast: 
Peter Lorre
Rochelle Hudson
Robert Wilcox
Don Beddoe
George E. Stone
Kenneth MacDonald
Charles Middleton
Screenplay: 
Robert Hardy Andrews
Camera: 
Benjamin H. Kline

Production: 
Columbia Pictures
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

Freed from his Fox contract as the popular Mr. Moto, Peter Lorre leapt to Columbia to release his darkest demons into this stand-out performance as the sadistic owner of a remote penal colony o the Florida coast, a white slaver who delights in delivering ruthlessly equal punishment on his prisoner subjects and poor domestic pets, while reserving stranger psycho-sexual torture for his long suffering wife. With ISLAND OF DOOMED MEN Columbia pushed hard against the Hays Code with a seedy and deliberately perverse portrait of criminal injustice embodied by Lorre’s twisted despot and highlighted by suggestive yet indelible images of savage violence. Abbott and Costello director Charles Barton gives free reign to Lorre’s unhinged screen presence which almost overwhelms the film, relegating all other characters to second tier including Thirties starlet Rochelle Hudson in the difficult role of a fragile Beauty held in the grip of Lorre’s suavely menacing Beast. (Haden Guest)

With FACE BEHIND THE MASK