|ISLE OF FURY (director: Frank McDonald; screenwriters: William Jacobs/Robert Andrews/based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel The Narrow Corner; cinematographer: Frank Good; editor: Warren Low ; music: Howard Jackson; cast: Humphrey Bogart (Val Stevens), Margaret Lindsay (Lucille), Donald Woods (Eric Blake), E.E. Clive (Dr. Hardy), Paul Graetz (Capt. Deever), Sidney Bracey (Sam), George Regas (Otar), Tetsu Komai (Kim Lee), Miki Morita (Oh Kay), Gordon Hart (Antvar 'Chris' Anderson); Runtime: 60; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Bryan Foy; Warner Bros.; 1936)|
|"One of Humphrey
Bogart's early starring roles."
by Dennis Schwartz
Humphrey Bogart's early starring roles. It's
not as bad a film as Bogie thinks. The B-film
melodrama is well-handled by director Frank McDonald ("Thunder
Pass"/"The Big Tip Off"/"The Underwater City").
Writers William Jacobs and Robert Andrews adapt it
from the W. Somerset Maugham novel The
Narrow Corner. It's set on the remote South Seas
island of Tankara.
Stevens (Humphrey Bogart) is a fugitive wanted for
murder. Eric Blake (Donald Woods) is an American
detective tracking the fugitive. On the night Val
marries local island girl Lucille (Margaret
Lindsay), Woods's chartered boat is shipwrecked
and Woods and Captain Deever (Paul Graetz)
are rescued by Val. The fugitive runs a pearl diving
business, and plans on living a peaceful life on the
island with his unsuspecting wife. To do so Val must
go diving to kill a giant octopus scaring his natives
from diving, prevent his untrustworthy foreman (George
Regas) from robbing his pearls, convince the
cop, who fell in love with his wife, that he's a good
guy, and therefore report him as dead, and stop the
sleazy Captain Deever from turning him in for the
Clive plays the suspicious biblical quoting doctor,
who seems to run things on the island with his
philosophizing. Bogie plays the reformed hero, who
must overcome his criminal past.
Though the plot has failings, it works fine as a modest action drama.
REVIEWED ON 3/31/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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