Isle of Missing Men (1942)

67 mins | Drama | 18 September 1942

Director:

Richard Oswald

Producer:

Richard Oswald

Cinematographer:

Paul Ivano

Editor:

Jack Dennis

Production Designer:

F. Paul Sylos

Production Company:

Monogram Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Isle of Terror , Isle of Fury and The Great Mystic . According to studio billing sheets, Noah Beery was originally cast as "Captain Sanchez." According to a HR news item, John Litel was originally cast as "Doc Brown," but withdrew from the production due to a scheduling ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Isle of Terror , Isle of Fury and The Great Mystic . According to studio billing sheets, Noah Beery was originally cast as "Captain Sanchez." According to a HR news item, John Litel was originally cast as "Doc Brown," but withdrew from the production due to a scheduling conflict. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Aug 1942.
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Daily Variety
22 May 1942.
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Daily Variety
5 Jun 1942.
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Daily Variety
6 Aug 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Aug 42
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jun 42
p. 4, 10
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Aug 42
p. 840.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Richard Oswald Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Prod supv
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cine
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd eng
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play White Lady by Gina Kaus and Ladislas Fodor (production date undetermined).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Isle of Terror
The Great Mystic
Release Date:
18 September 1942
Production Date:
5 June--mid June 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 August 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11527
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
5,902
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Among the passengers on board the Australia-bound S.S. Bombay is Merrill Hammond, the governor of the penal island of Caruba, and Diana Bryce, who is meeting her brother in Australia. After the ship is bombed by the Japanese and sent to Caruba, Hammond invites Diana to spend a week with him on the island, and she agrees. The other residents of the island include the alcoholic prison doctor, Doc Brown, and George Kent, one of the administrators. Hammond shows Diana to a house that, he explains, he built for his wife, who died shortly after her arrival. Kent, a harsh disciplinarian, is displeased when he learns that Diana will be staying on the island. Later, Brown informs Hammond that an epidemic of typhus has hit the island. Kent, Brown and Hammond all dine with Diana, who expresses a desire to visit the prisoners. While they are eating, convicted murderer Dan Curtis watches them through a window and is discovered by Kent. He is reprimanded and returned to his room. Later that night, Curtis meets Diana, who is his wife, and she explains that she has come to the island to help him. While they are talking, Kent, who has heard their voices, investigates, but Diana is able to avert a search when Hammond stops by to drop off a book. After they leave, Curtis tells Diana that he plans to escape on a supply ship. She begs him to wait for a new trial but when he refuses, gives him money and jewels. Meanwhile, Kent examines Curtis' records. Later, Curtis is found with Diana's jewels ... +


Among the passengers on board the Australia-bound S.S. Bombay is Merrill Hammond, the governor of the penal island of Caruba, and Diana Bryce, who is meeting her brother in Australia. After the ship is bombed by the Japanese and sent to Caruba, Hammond invites Diana to spend a week with him on the island, and she agrees. The other residents of the island include the alcoholic prison doctor, Doc Brown, and George Kent, one of the administrators. Hammond shows Diana to a house that, he explains, he built for his wife, who died shortly after her arrival. Kent, a harsh disciplinarian, is displeased when he learns that Diana will be staying on the island. Later, Brown informs Hammond that an epidemic of typhus has hit the island. Kent, Brown and Hammond all dine with Diana, who expresses a desire to visit the prisoners. While they are eating, convicted murderer Dan Curtis watches them through a window and is discovered by Kent. He is reprimanded and returned to his room. Later that night, Curtis meets Diana, who is his wife, and she explains that she has come to the island to help him. While they are talking, Kent, who has heard their voices, investigates, but Diana is able to avert a search when Hammond stops by to drop off a book. After they leave, Curtis tells Diana that he plans to escape on a supply ship. She begs him to wait for a new trial but when he refuses, gives him money and jewels. Meanwhile, Kent examines Curtis' records. Later, Curtis is found with Diana's jewels and Kent suspects the truth. Curtis is confined to solitary, and realizing that this makes it impossible for him to escape, Diana then secretly tells Brown the truth. She begs him to declare Curtis dead from typhus so that he can safely escape. Brown agrees, but while he is out of the room, Diana sees Curtis' record and learns that he is a bigamist. Curtis' "body" is carried to the ship, where he awakens. Diana pays Brown, but then tells Curtis that she is no longer in love with him. On the island, Brown confesses his deed to Hammond, who does not believe him. The ship is grounded by fog, and in the morning, Hammond questions the captain, but believing that Diana is still in love with Curtis, lets him escape. When Kent challenges Hammond, he resigns in his favor. Curtis is killed in a shipboard struggle, and Diana returns to the island in search of Hammond, with whom she is now in love. When she learns that Hammond has quit, she hurries after him, and they leave the island together. +

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