Isle of Forgotten Sins - Monsoon (August 15, 1943)

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Isle of Forgotten Sins
 

Released on August 15, 1943: South Sea Sailors, sunken treasure, the girls of an island brothel and a big monsoon combine in this island adventure.

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

The Actors: John Carradine (Mike Clancy), Gale Sondergaard (Marge Wilson ), Sidney Toler (Captain Krogan, aka Carruthers), Frank Fenton (Jack Burke), Veda Ann Borg (Luana), Rita Quigley (Diane), Rick Vallin (Johnny Pacific), Tala Birell (Christine), Patti McCarty (Bobbie Nelson), Betty Amann (Olga), Marian Colby (Mimi), William Edmunds (Noah, native chief), Jimmy Aubrey (club patron), Lee Bennett (man in photo), Judy Cook (swimmer), Ann Corio (short scene from 'Jungle Siren'), Buster Crabbe (short scene from 'Jungle Siren'), John Elliott (officer on boat), I. Stanford Jolley (shooting victim), Neyle Morrow (native boy), C. Montague Shaw (the Commissioner).

 

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In this South Seas thriller the two well known actors have roles that are opposite their usual type. I am accustomed to seeing Sidney Toler as detective Charlie Chan who always gets the bad guy, and John Carradine is usually one of the bad guys in the old adventure movies. In this sunken treasure hunt Sidney Toler is the main bad guy - a ship captain who deliberately sunk his ship full of gold so that he could come back later and take the gold for himself. John Carradine, as Mike Clancy, and his partner Frank Fenton, as Jack Burke, are two best friends that like to fight each other every so often just to bond as best friends. But the South Seas and sunken treasure would still be a bit dull without some gorgeous South Seas ladies, so prolific author and director Edgar Ulmer added an island brothel with a bevy of beauties to spice up the adventure. All we need now is a big Monsoon to threaten the lives of the whole cast and we wind up with a nail-biting, hair-raising adventure will keep us all on the edge of our seats as the men fight the men and the women fight each other and the monsoon threatens to destroy them all. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn and settle in a bit easy chair as the boys fight each other and discover who gets the gold, and who gets the girls.

Betty Amann, Frank Fenton and Veda Ann Borg
Betty Amann, Frank Fenton and Veda Ann Borg
C. Montague Shaw
C. Montague Shaw wiht his pipe as Commissioner
Frank Fenton as Jack Burke
Frank Fenton as Jack Burke in Isle of Forgotten Sins
Gale Sondergaard and Frank Fenton in Isle of Forgotten Sins
Gale Sondergaard and Frank Fenton in Isle of Forgotten Sins
Gale Sondergaard and John Carradine
Gale Sondergaard and John Carradine
Gale Sondergaard and the girls of the brothel
Gale Sondergaard and the girls of the brothel
Gale Sondergaard
Gale Sondergaard is Marge Williams, owner of the isle brothel
Gale Sondergaard
Gale Sondergaard in Isle of Forgotten Sins
Rick Vallin
Rick Vallin locks the two sailors inside the cabin and gets ready to blow up the ship
Rita Quigley and Gale Sondergaard
Rita Quigley and Gale Sondergaard
Sidney Toler and Rick Vallin
Sidney Toler and Rick Vallin in Isle of Forgotten Sins
Sidney Toler and Rick Vallin
Sidney Toler and Rick Vallin at the Bird Cage Cafe
Sidney Toller, William Edmunds and Gale Sondergaard
William Edmunds warns Sidney Toler and Gale Sondergaard about the approaching Monsoon
Sidney Toler
Sidney Toler in Isle of Forgotten Sins
Tara Birell singing
Tala Birell sings at the Bird Cage Cafe
Tala Birell
Tala Birell in Isle of Forgotten Sins
The girls of the brothel
The girls at the brothel watch for the approaching ship full of sailors.
Veda Ann Borg
Veda Ann Borg as island girl Luana