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Isle of Missing Men (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 September 1942 (USA)
A penal colony governor invites a ravishing blond vagabond to join him for a week on his island prison grounds, unaware that she has manipulated their meeting for ulterior motives.


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Gina Kaus (play) (as Gina Kauss), Ladislas Fodor (play) (as Ladislaus Fodor) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
John Howard ... Merrill Hammond
Helen Gilbert ... Diana Bryce
Gilbert Roland ... Thomas 'Dan' Bentley - alias Curtis
Alan Mowbray ... Dr. Henry Brown
Bradley Page ... George Kent
George Chandler ... Bar Steward
Ernie Adams ... Capt. Sanchez of the Mariposa
Geraldine Gray Geraldine Gray ... Sally - Ship Passenger
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Richard Heller
Kitty O'Neil Kitty O'Neil ... Pauline - Nurse
Kenne Duncan ... Bob Henderson (as Kenneth Duncan)
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Jo-Jo (as Charley Williams)
Dewey Robinson ... Tony - Prisoner
Alex Havier Alex Havier ... Sani


A penal colony governor invites a ravishing blond vagabond to join him for a week on his island prison grounds, unaware that she has manipulated their meeting for ulterior motives.

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ADVENTURE... in a dangerous world of men!


Drama | Romance


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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Thursday 26 August 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) , in Detroit Wednesday 3 November 1948 on WJBK (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles Sunday 13 March 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


During the bombing scene in the first ten minutes of the film, the plane first shown as a bomber hunting in the fog for the S.S. BOMBAY is a Douglas DC-3, an aircraft that was used during the Second World War exclusively by the Allies, and then only for personnel and freight transport, never for bombing. Moreover, even if it could have been modified into a bomber, it is unlikely that a DC-3 would have attacked shipping from Allied countries. Additionally, during the course of pursuing the ship, the DC-3 inexplicably transforms into a smaller aerobatic plane, which strafes the ship with machine-gun fire, after which it transforms back into a DC-3 and drops its bombs on the ship (but misses it). See more »


Etude Op.10, No.3
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Frederic Chopin)
(heard instrumentally in main title and score)
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Wow...this just doesn't make any sense!
12 February 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am giving this film a 3--and that's only because I liked Alan Mowbry in the film. Otherwise, it might only have gotten a 2! This is a very undistinguished drama from Monogram--a studio known for mostly undistinguished low-budget films. But even for Monogram, this film suffers from terrible writing.

The film begins on a steam ship in the Pacific during WWII. Suddenly, an American C-47 transport plane is spotted overhead and everyone shouts that it's a Japanese bomber. Suddenly bombs begin falling off this plane which NEVER was used as a bomber. Then, inexplicably, the shots of the plane now show a tiny private plane--then, back to the C-47. In the history of bad use of stock footage, this might be among the worst misuses of such film. Even if you have no idea what I am talking about because you are NOT an insane airplane buff, it would be like talking about a Ferrari and then cutting to clips of a Smart Car and then a pickup truck--it's THAT obvious! Most of the people aboard manage to survive the attack--and soon you'll start wishing none of them had! The film then switches to an island penal colony over which John Howard is warden. Why this place is in the middle of the Pacific, I have no idea. Nor, for that matter, do I understand why he invites a lady he met on the ship (Helen Gilbert) to come visit the place! Well, not surprisingly, Gilbert has an ulterior motive--something EVERYONE saw other than Howard! Where it all goes next you'll have to see for yourself--but unless you are as dumb as Howard's character, you certainly will see it coming!

While I generally expect less from a B-movie than the typical film, this one left me even less than thrilled because the plot just made little sense. The characters just made no sense---and I kept asking myself 'does anyone act that stupidly?!". Well, apparently in this film they do! Just watch John Howard--he is crazy stupid late in the film. Watch it yourself and see. No one--I repeat "NO ONE" acts that way--unless, of course, they have a head injury.

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18 September 1942 (USA) See more »

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Isle of Fury See more »

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