Island of Lost Women (1959)

Article #1548 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-10-2005
Posting Date: 11-7-2005
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Featuring Jeff Richards, Venetia Stevenson, John Smith

Two men crash-land on an uncharted island, only to find that the island is home for a nuclear scientist (who wanted to escape the real world) and his three beautiful daughters.

The most amazing thing about this movie is that it takes itself rather seriously given the campy premise. The science fiction element is present, since the scientist does come up with some gadgetry, in particular a gun converted into a flame-thrower. The story is pretty basic; the men land on the island and want to get away. The scientist doesn’t want anyone to find out he’s there, so he plots to keep the men from leaving the island, especially as one of them is a reporter who makes it clear that he will reveal the presence of the scientist on the island. Meanwhile, two of the beautiful daughters become attached to the two men and try to help them, while the third, young and jealous, tries to foil their plans. It’s watchable but silly, and ends with the most ridiculous nuclear explosion since KILLERS FROM SPACE. Still, I can’t help but notice how the plot of this movie bears a certain degree of similarity to that of FORBIDDEN PLANET.

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