Island of Doomed Men (1940)

Article #1412 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-25-2005
Posting Date: 6-24-2005
Directed by Charles Barton
Featuring Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, Robert Wilcox
A secret agent is framed for murder and sent to an island run by a sadistic fiend.

This movie belongs to the prison genre of movies and is only marginally a horror movie. The horrific content consists entirely of the fact that our villain goes more and more insane during the length of the movie. However, since our villain is Peter Lorre, it should give a little satisfaction to horror fans. Other than that, it’s pretty standard fare. Still, I do have a couple of comments to make. First, I’ve noticed that Peter Lorre’s degree of madness is directly proportional to the degree of sleepiness in his vocal delivery. The second is that his phobic fear of monkeys is a clear demonstration that he too has seen FORBIDDEN JUNGLE. Director Charles Barton would go on to direct several movies for Abbott and Costello.

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