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Black Moon (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Horror | 15 June 1934 (USA)
A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Clements Ripley (from the Cosmopolitian Magazine story), Wells Root (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Holt ... Stephen Lane
Fay Wray ... Gail Hamilton
Dorothy Burgess ... Juanita Perez Lane
Cora Sue Collins ... Nancy Lane
Arnold Korff ... Dr. Raymond Perez
Clarence Muse ... 'Lunch' McClaren
Eleanor Wesselhoeft Eleanor Wesselhoeft ... Anna
Madame Sul-Te-Wan Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Ruva
Laurence Criner Laurence Criner ... Kala
Lumsden Hare ... John Macklin
Henry Kolker ... The Psychiatrist
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A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she feels a strong compulsion to return to the island to confront her past. Her husband, her daughter and her nanny go with her, but once back on the island, the woman finds herself elevated by the locals to the stature of a voodoo goddess, and she begins her inevitable descent into madness, with disastrous results for her family. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Jungle madness! Tropic love! Glamorous thrills! (Print Ad- Staunton Star-Times, ((Staunton, Ills.)) 20 September 1934) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oi daimones tou Adou See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The unflattering depiction of black locals in this film sparked some concerns about releasing the film in regions with high concentrations of African-Americans in the United States. The Motion Picture Herald review of the film suggested that "the colored natives involved in the film are rather harshly pictured as blood-thirsty worshippers of black gods who indulge in sacrificial orgies, the film may meet with objection in those situations where colored people make up a portion of the patronage." See more »

Quotes

Stephen Lane: What's the matter?
'Lunch' McClaren: There's trouble in my mind.
Stephen Lane: What kind of trouble?
'Lunch' McClaren: Gal trouble.
[Lane starts to laugh]
'Lunch' McClaren: Don't laugh, Mr. Lane. My gal done got mixed up with that Rada stuff.
Stephen Lane: You mean the voodoo?
'Lunch' McClaren: Them voodoo priests want to kill her.
Stephen Lane: Kill her? Why?
'Lunch' McClaren: One of dem things. Same thing thats keepin' you on this island, sir.
[...]
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Referenced in I Walked with a Zombie (1943) See more »

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BLACK MOON (Roy William Neill, 1934) ***
23 January 2010 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Until only a few months ago, I had never even heard of this one – despite the involvement of director Roy William Neill (THE BLACK ROOM [1935]) and the era's foremost "Scream Queen" Fay Wray! Interestingly, it supplies the logical bridge between the distinctive Gothic and psychological backdrops of the two most notable early voodoo-related films – namely WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) and I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (1943). The atmosphere here is similarly thick, without the need to resort to an actual prowling or possessed creature: indeed, having the lady concerned – very well played by Dorothy Burgess – actively believe in the power of voodoo (that is, until she sees the error of her ways on being asked to perform the ultimate sacrifice!), provides the biggest chill in this case! Incidentally, the two central female characters (with Wray being, naturally, the wide-eyed heroine) not only create the requisite contrast but make up for the rather uninteresting male lead – burly Jack Holt! Perhaps not a classic of the genre, then, but a perfect example of "a film that has fallen through the cracks"; in fact, the copy I acquired is a hazy VHS-sourced recording of an old TCM screening.


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