Battle of Blood Island (April 8, 1960)
Released on April 8, 1960: Two American soldiers survive a WWII invasion of a Japanese held Pacific island and battle the Japanese, the elements and each other for survival.
Produced by Roger Corman and Stanley Bickman
Directed by Joel Rapp
Written by Joel Rapp and Philip Roth
The Actors: Richard Devon (Moe), Ron Gans (Ken), Roger Corman (soldier on hilltop)
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While we're here . . . lets make another movie!
Prolific producer and director Roger Corman took his cast and crew to Puerto Rico in 1960 to film two movies - The Last Woman on Earth and Creature from the Haunted Sea. Corman's line producer was Stanley Bickman, a studio bean counter who went to work for Corman. The producer of motion pictures is the person who provides the cash to make the movie, and the line producer is the fellow who watches every penny every day and records each purchase to make sure the money is spent wisely. After filming the two movies Bickman and screenwriter Joel Rapp brought Corman an idea for a World War II adventure, and the two men backed up their idea by paying for a third of the money needed for the production, with Roger Corman adding two thirds of the money needed. What resulted is a pretty good World War II drama about an American battle on a South Seas Island where the Japanese soldiers shot and killed all of the Americans landing on the island except for two young soldiers. The two surviving soldiers hide from the enemy soldiers and eventually kill them until they find themselves alone on a deserted island with no hope of rescue, because no one knows that there are any survivors. The two men fight and bicker like an old married couple as they cope with the realization that they may end their days on the secluded and forgotten island. I would try to tease the ending to try to entice you to watch just to find out what happens, but then I wouldn't be able to tell you about the cameo appearance at the end by producer Roger Corman. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Richard Devon and Ron Gans with 'Uncle Morris' the bird
Richard Devon as Moe
Richard Devon in Battle of Blood Island
Roger Corman and Richard Devon
Roger Corman in Battle of Blood Island
Roger Corman meets Richard Devon
Ron Gans in Battle of Blood Island