Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943)

82 mins | Drama | 15 August 1943

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Cinematographer:

Ira Morgan

Editor:

Charles Henkel

Production Designer:

Fred Preble

Production Company:

Atlantis Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The viewed print was titled Monsoon . A plot synopsis in the file on the tilm in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that the story originally ended with "Mike" and "Marge" sacrificing themselves to save "Diane," one of Marge's hostesses. The PCA protested this ending, noting in a letter to Edgar G. Ulmer that "the glorified suicide of [Mike] Clancy and Marge, at the conclusion of this story, will be eliminated through the introduction of the suggestion that they still have hopes of reaching safety." In addition, the PCA insisted that "Marge and her girls will not be in any way suggestive of prostitutes," and that "a gambling element in connection with her establishment" be added "to further get away from any suggestion of prostitution." Despite the PCA's changes, some reviewers still referred to the inn as a brothel. Isle of Forgotten Sins was also the working title for the film Prisoner of Japan (see below). According to a HR news item, Armenian actress Maria Zovian was considered for the role of Marge. HR also reported that swimmer Judy Cook had been cast in the "jungle pool" sequence of the film, which was shot at the Ray Corrigan Ranch in Simi Valley, CA, but her appearance in the final film has not been ... More Less

The viewed print was titled Monsoon . A plot synopsis in the file on the tilm in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that the story originally ended with "Mike" and "Marge" sacrificing themselves to save "Diane," one of Marge's hostesses. The PCA protested this ending, noting in a letter to Edgar G. Ulmer that "the glorified suicide of [Mike] Clancy and Marge, at the conclusion of this story, will be eliminated through the introduction of the suggestion that they still have hopes of reaching safety." In addition, the PCA insisted that "Marge and her girls will not be in any way suggestive of prostitutes," and that "a gambling element in connection with her establishment" be added "to further get away from any suggestion of prostitution." Despite the PCA's changes, some reviewers still referred to the inn as a brothel. Isle of Forgotten Sins was also the working title for the film Prisoner of Japan (see below). According to a HR news item, Armenian actress Maria Zovian was considered for the role of Marge. HR also reported that swimmer Judy Cook had been cast in the "jungle pool" sequence of the film, which was shot at the Ray Corrigan Ranch in Simi Valley, CA, but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Jul 1943.
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Daily Variety
29 Jun 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Jul 43
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Mar 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Apr 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 43
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Jul 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 May 43
p. 1339.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Jul 43
p. 1402.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Sep 43
p. 1532.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Nov 43
p. 1617.
Variety
20 Oct 43
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Leon Fromkess in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Based upon an orig story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dressings
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
SOURCES
SONGS
"Sleepy Island Moon," music by Leo Erdody, lyrics by June L. Stillman
"In Pango," music and lyrics by Ann Leavitt and Leo Erdody.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 August 1943
Production Date:
began early April 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Producers Releasing Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 July 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12133
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
82
Length(in feet):
7,412
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9384
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Isle of Forgotten Sins Inn is run by the no-nonsense Marge, and features a bevy of lovely hostesses with questionable backgrounds. When Marge's boyfriend, Mike Clancy, and his deep sea diving partner, Burke, become embroiled in a fight, they tumble into the restaurant. Mike is declared the victor by Krogan, a former sea captain who has adopted the pseudonym Carruthers to run an island plantation. Krogan presents his talented friend, Johnny Pacific, a former ship's purser at the inn, and Johnny plays a classical tune on the piano. Mike recognizes Krogan as the captain of a ship that was scuttled, and recalls that three million dollars in gold bullion also went down with the ship. Suspecting that Krogan still has the gold, Mike and Burke plot to find the treasure and take it. After Olga, one of Marge's hostesses, murders a patron in the club, Marge realizes her inn will be shut down by the authorities, and flees with her hostesses, taking refuge on Burke's ship. Mike convinces Burke to take the women with them to Krogan's island as a cover. Mike and Burke are unwittingly playing into Krogan's hands, however, as he needs deep sea divers to recover the gold from his sunken ship. Krogan therefore welcomes the group to his island, and cleverly leaves his logbook, with a map to the sunken ship, in a place where Mike and Burke easily find it. As a monsoon brews near the island, Mike and Burke dive for the gold, but upon retrieving it, they get into a fistfight over who is to take the larger share. As they are fighting, Krogan, ... +


The Isle of Forgotten Sins Inn is run by the no-nonsense Marge, and features a bevy of lovely hostesses with questionable backgrounds. When Marge's boyfriend, Mike Clancy, and his deep sea diving partner, Burke, become embroiled in a fight, they tumble into the restaurant. Mike is declared the victor by Krogan, a former sea captain who has adopted the pseudonym Carruthers to run an island plantation. Krogan presents his talented friend, Johnny Pacific, a former ship's purser at the inn, and Johnny plays a classical tune on the piano. Mike recognizes Krogan as the captain of a ship that was scuttled, and recalls that three million dollars in gold bullion also went down with the ship. Suspecting that Krogan still has the gold, Mike and Burke plot to find the treasure and take it. After Olga, one of Marge's hostesses, murders a patron in the club, Marge realizes her inn will be shut down by the authorities, and flees with her hostesses, taking refuge on Burke's ship. Mike convinces Burke to take the women with them to Krogan's island as a cover. Mike and Burke are unwittingly playing into Krogan's hands, however, as he needs deep sea divers to recover the gold from his sunken ship. Krogan therefore welcomes the group to his island, and cleverly leaves his logbook, with a map to the sunken ship, in a place where Mike and Burke easily find it. As a monsoon brews near the island, Mike and Burke dive for the gold, but upon retrieving it, they get into a fistfight over who is to take the larger share. As they are fighting, Krogan, Johnny and a group of islanders overtake the ship and take them hostage, locking them in a cabin. After taking the gold with them, Krogan blows up the ship with dynamite. On their return to the island, Marge is horrified to learn that Olga has been giving Krogan and Johnny information about Mike and Burke's activities. Krogan has no intention of sharing the gold even with Johnny, who, as ship's purser, had told him about it in the first place. Krogan draws his gun, as does Johnny, and they kill each other in a hail of bullets. As they lay dying, Mike and Burke reappear, having escaped the ship just before the explosion. However, the monsoon reaches the island and a tidal wave splinters the hut. Mike and Marge are saved as they cling to a portion of the hut, and eventually float to safety. Much later, they have married and are the proprietors of The Bird Cage Café in the tropics. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs, Island


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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