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Horror Island (1941)

A down-on-his-luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder.

Director:

George Waggner

Writers:

Maurice Tombragel (screenplay), Victor McLeod (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Foy Van Dolsen ... The Phantom
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... The Stranger
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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 ... Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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Trivia

The Carfax Abbey stone staircase seen was originally used in Dracula (1931). Many of the remaining sets were recycled from Tower of London (1939). See more »

Goofs

Though the Phantom has never been in the castle before, he seems to have a detailed knowledge of the house's layout with all its secret rooms and passages. See more »

Quotes

The Phantom: [over the loudspeaker] Leave the castle... leave the castle!
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Scream Queens (1996) See more »

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Leave The Castle!
24 October 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Dick Foran plays Bill Martin, an unemployed man who lives on the waterfront who inherits an old castle on a remote island. He gets the idea of charging boat rides to the island for a ghost & treasure hunt excursion, helped by his best friend Stuff Oliver(played by Fuzzy Knight) Peggy Moran plays heiress(and love interest) Wendy Creighton who goes to the island along with several others, where they encounter a caped and mysterious figure known as "The Phantom", who has half of a pirate treasure map, while Bill's associate The Captain has the other. Who will find it first, and survive the night, since someone is also a killer? Fun movie is oddly little-known, but amusing to think how this may have influenced "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?" since plot elements and characters are identical! A rushed production though, since this has a big goof: about 26 minutes in, as the group enters the library, a stage hand with portable spotlights can be clearly seen backing out of the scene!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha do Horror See more »

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Budget:

$93,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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