|ISLE OF MISSING MEN (director/writer: Richard Oswald; screenwriter: based on the play "White Lady" by Gina Kaus & Ladislaus Fodor/Robert Chapin/Edward Eliscu; cinematographer: Paul Ivano; editor: Jack Dennis; music: Edward Kay; cast: John Howard (Governor Merrill Hammond), Gilbert Roland (Dan Curtis), Helen Gilbert (Diana Bryce), Alan Mowbray (Dr. Brown ), Ernie Adams (Captain Sanchez), Kenneth Duncan (Henderson), Bradley Page (Lt. Governor Kent), Kitty O'Neill (Pauline, nurse), Egon Brecher (Richard Heller), Alex Havier (Sani), George Chandler (Steward); Runtime: 68; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Richard Oswald; United Artists; 1942)|
|"Drowns in a story that
can't manage to pass a sobriety test."
by Dennis Schwartz
Monogram cheapie adventure pic insults the viewer's
intelligence with its cloying story of a British
island penal colony governor's misconduct over a
fantasized love. Director Richard Oswald ("The
Living Dead"/"The Lovable Cheat") can't escape from
the bad script by Robert Chapin and Edward
Eliscu, as everything seems artificial and
contrived. It's based on the play "White Lady"
by Gina Kaus & Ladislaus Fodor. A 'white lady'
turns out to be the femme fatale's favorite cocktail.
S. Bombay is a steamer Australia-bound. It makes a
stop at the
desolate Pacific penal island of Caruba, as its
fair-minded widowed governor Merrill Hammond (John
Howard) and the
beautiful Diana Bryce exit on the isle after their
ship is bombed by a Japanese plane. International
traveler Diana, agrees to stay a week on the primitive
and typhus ridden isle before leaving to visit her
brother in Melbourne. The island residents of note,
besides the prisoners, include the rigid deputy head
George Kent (Bradley Page), the world-weary
alcoholic prison doctor, Doc Brown (Alan Mowbray), the saintly obese nurse
O'Neill) and the
secretary administrator Henderson (Kenneth Duncan).
What Hammond is unaware of,
is that Diana is married to the snaky convict Dan
Curtis (Gilbert Roland), serving eight more years for
murder, and she plans on helping him escape.
REVIEWED ON 9/3/2013 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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