Horror Movies & Sci-Fi Movies Database
Down-on-his luck entrepreneur Bill Martin and sidekick Stuff Oliver try to stay one step in front of creditors in their seedy waterfront office when they meet "The Captain," an idiosyncratic peg-legged old sailor. The Captain is convinced that the treasure of pirate Sir Henry Morgan is hidden somewhere in a castle on an offshore island recently inherited by Martin. His proof is a treasure map, half of which has been stolen by a mysterious Phantom who lurks in the shadows waiting for an opportunity to steal the other half. Sensing a moneymaking opportunity, Bill tries to recruit customers willing to pay $50 apiece for a "treasure hunt" outing to the "haunted" island. Among those signing up are heiress Wendy Creighton and her bored, ineffectual boy friend, a dimwitted police sergeant, a professor whose expertise is old maps, a wanted murderer and his moll, and Bill's cousin George, who has recently offered $20,000 to buy the supposedly worthless island. They all get more than the few goosebumps they bargained for as death and the Phantom await them in the ghostly castle.
Title: Horror Island
Release Date: March 28, 1941
Runtime: 60 mins
All Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Buried.com Rating: 6.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: Approved
Dick Foran ...Bill Martin
Leo Carrillo ...Tobias Clump
Peggy Moran ...Wendy Creighton
Fuzzy Knight ...Stuff Oliver
John Eldredge ...Cousin George
Lewis Howard ...Thurman Coldwater
Hobart Cavanaugh ...Professor Jasper Quinley
Walter Catlett ...Sergeant McGoon
Ralf Harolde ...Rod Grady
Iris Adrian ...Arleen Grady
Foy Van Dolsen ...Panama Pete (The Phantom)
Emmett Vogan ...The Stranger
Robert Barron ...Wreck Spectator
John Burton ...Minor Role
Eddy Chandler ...Police Officer
Eddie Parker ...Sailor
Walter Tetley ...Delivery Boy
Dale Van Sickel ...Sailor
- Professor Jasper Quinley: [examining the treasure map] It's amazing, positively amazing! Bill Martin: You mean it's on the level? Professor Jasper Quinley: On the level? Do you mean authentic? Stuff Oliver: Oh, what we want to know - is it real?
Sergeant McGoon: Can somebody tell me why lobsters don't like beer?
Arleen Grady: This place gives me the heebie-jeebies! It reminds me of prison.
Bill Martin: [after a mysterious noise] Don't be frightened, folks. It's just Morgan's ghost. He resents our coming here. Thurman Coldwater: No more than I do.
Panama Pete: [over the loudspeaker] Leave the castle... leave the castle!
- Universal, unlike most major studios did not own a theater chain, and produced this low budget B-programmer as a pre-packaged bill, along with Man Made Monster (1941).
The production was plagued by poor weather. In order to meet the tight 12-day production schedule, the cast and crew worked until midnight on several occasions. Star Dick Foran came down with a severe cold in the final days of shooting and missed a day's work. Consequently, his final scene was dropped.
Completed in violation of union rules limiting actors to 8-hour work days.
Production wrapped late in the evening of March 15, 1941. Thanks to journeyman editor Otto Ludwig cutting the picture during production, with scoring swiped from earlier Universal pictures (including The Invisible Man Returns (1940)), allowed the picture to be released just 13 days later.
Universal released this film only 23 days after shooting began.
» User Comments at imdb.com
» More information at imdb.com
Island, Phantom, Castle, Map, Murder ...[more]
Rating: 6.9 out of 10.0 - 55 votes cast total