Island of Lost Souls (Pamount Pictures, 1933)

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Adapted from H.G. Wells’ 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, this tale of vivisection and attempted inter-species breeding proved too much for the censors in Britain, where it remained banned until 1959. H.G. Wells himself was critical of the, in his view, over-emphasis of the horrific in the film. Bela Lugosi had the small, but memorable role of the Sayer of the Law, an unidentified animal turned into a man-like creature by Charles Laughton’s sadistic Dr. Moreau. Kathleen Burke was awarded the part of Lota the Panther Woman after winning a highly publicized nationwide competition to find an actress for the role. Future stars Alan Ladd and Randolph Scott are rumoured to appear in uncredited roles. Buster Crabbe is also often cited as appearing in the film as a lion man, but this is not so. The misconception probably arose as the result of a staged meeting between Kathleen Burke in Panther Girl costume and Crabbe in costume for King of the Jungle, filmed by Paramount, in which he played Kaspa the Lion Man.

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Production Company: Pamount Pictures

Director: Erle C. Kenton

Screenplay: Philip Wylie and Waldemar Young

Based on the novel The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

Cinematography: Karl Struss

Assistant Cameramen: Paul Cable, Cliff Shirpser and Fleet Southcott

Camera Operators: George T. Clemens and Otto Pierce

Still Photographer: Mack Elliot

Art Direction: Hans Dreier

Special Effects: Gordon Jennings

Make-up: Wally Westmore

Casting: Fred A. Datig

Running Time: 67 minutes

Copyright Number: LP3518, December 29 1932

Cast:

Charles Laughton: Dr. Moreau

Bela Lugosi: the

Richard Arlen: Edward Parker

Leila Hyams: Ruth Walker

Kathleen Burke: Lota, the Panther Woman

Arthur Hohl: Montgomery

Stanley Fields: Captain Davies

Robert Kortman: Hogan

Tetsu Komai: M’ling

Hans Steinke: Ouran

Harry Ekezian: Gola

Rosemary Grimes: Samoan girl

Paul Hurst: Donahue

Georger Irving: The Consul

Bob Kortman: Mr. Hogan

Alan Ladd: Manimal

Joe Bonomo: Manimal

Randolph Scott: Manimal

John George: Manimal

Duke York: Manimal

Schlitze: Manimal

Buster Brodie: Pig man

Charles Gemora: Gorilla

Constantine Romanoff

Jack Bardette

Robert Milasch

Robert P. Kerr

Evengelus Berbas

Jack Walters

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 Spokane Daily Chronicle, July 4, 1932

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The Spokane Review, July 4, 1932

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Pitsburgh Post-Gazette, July 15, 1932

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The Pitsburgh Press, July 24, 1932

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The Evening Independent, August 26, 1932

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The Evening Independent, September 2, 1932

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The Evening Independent, September 9, 1932

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The Milwaukee Sentinel, October 27, 1932

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Schenectady Gazette, October 29, 1932

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The Milwaukee Journal, November 18, 1932

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The Pitsburgh Press, November 20, 1932

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The Milwaukee Journal, November 24, 1932

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Spartanburg Herald, November 29, 1932

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The Spokesman Review, December 29, 1932

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Schenectady Gazette, December 29, 1932

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The Evening Independent, January 5, 1933

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 The Desert News, January 5, 1933

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 The Evening Independent, January 6, 1933

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The Desert News, January 6, 1933

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The Desert News, January 7, 1933

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Ottawa Citizen, January 7, 1933

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Schenectady Gazette, January 12, 1933

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The New York Times, January 13, 1933

Charles Laughton as a Mad Scientist in a Pictorial Conception of an H.G. Wells Story.

Charles Laughton, who portrays Nero in Cecil B. De Mille’s “The Sign of the Cross” is cast as a mad scientist in “Island of Lost Souls,” a very free translation of H. G. Wells’s book, “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” In this picture, which is now at the Rialto, Mr. Laughton assuredly has ample opportunity to spread terror among audiences, for as Dr. Moreau his aim is to convert wild animals into creatures that walk and talk like human beings.Although the attempt to horrify is not accomplished with any marked degree of subtlety, there is no denying that some of the scenes are ingenously fashioned and are, therefore, interesting. The general effect of the film is enhanced greatly by Mr. Laughton’s urbane impersonation. The ghoulish surgeon is for the most part calm and earnest in his strange activities, but when he leads the way to his house on the small mysterious island, he wields a whip on the hideous muttering group of creatures, explaining to a refugee from a ship that he learned to crack the big whip in Australia. In one sequence the ape-like creatures are asked several times by Dr. Moreau, “What is the law?” And they reply: “Not to eat meat; are we not men? Not to run on all fours. Not to gnaw the bark off trees. Not to spill blood.”There is a suggestion of “Frankenstein” and also something akin to “Emperor Jones” in this ghastly affair. The ape-men look upon the white-clad Moreau, with a pistol strapped to his wrist, as the one who made them, the one who heals them and the one who runs the House of Pain. Dr. Moreau’s greatest triumph is Lota, who is referred to as the Panther Girl. She is docile, and Moreau introduces her to Edward Parker, the survivor of a shipwreck. The insane surgeon has reason one day to believe that the wild animal in Lota is returning despite his scientific treatment.The story reminds one of “Emperor Jones” when the muttering ape-men hear that Dr. Moreau has drawn blood and because he has broken the law set down among them, they decide to take him to the so-called House of Pain—the place where Moreau performs his operations and the mere mention of which had hitherto made them cringe and mutter with fright. The hairy creatures whom Moreau had given the power of limited speech and had taught to walk on two legs, dispose of their master in his own chamber of horrors.Needless to say there is little sympathy for this demoniacal scientist. However, as it as a melodrama that hopes to make one’s blood curdle, but only hopes, one can be thankful that the ape creatures permit the best actor in the tale to survive until nearly the end.Richard Arlen portrays Parker acceptably. Arthur Hohl does quite well as Moreau’s agent, Montgomery. Kathleen Burke with a weird make-up interprets the rôle of Lota. Leila Hyams is attractive and quite satisfactory as the girl Parker is engaged to marry.ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, an adaptation of H. G. Wells’s book, “The Island of Dr. Moreau”; directed by Erie Kenton; a Paramount production. At the Rialto. Dr. Moreau . . . . . Charles Laughton Edward Parker . . . . . Richard Arlen Ruth Walker . . . . . Leila Hyams Lota . . . . . Kathleen Burke Montgomery . . . . . Arthur Hohl Captain Davies . . . . . Stanley Fields Hogan . . . . . Robert Kortman M’Ling . . . . . Tetsu Komai Ouran . . . . . Hans Steinke Gola . . . . . Harry Ekezian Samoan Girl . . . . . Rosemary Grimes Captain Donahue . . . . . Paul Hurst American Consul . . . . . George Irving Leader of the Ape-Men . . . . . Bela Lugosi

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The Milwaukee Sentinel, January 16, 1933

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The Reading Eagle, January 27, 1933

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Eugene Register-Guard, January 28, 1933

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The Reading Eagle, January 29, 1933

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Eugene Register-Guard, January 29, 1933

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The Pitsburgh Press, January 30, 1933

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The Reading Eagle, January 30, 1933

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Photoplay Magazine, February 1933

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 The Spokane Daily Chronicle, February 1, 1933

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The Reading Eagle, February 1, 1933

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The Pitsburgh Press, February 12, 1933

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The Pitsburgh Post-Gazette, March 4, 1933

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 San Jose Evening News, April 22, 1933

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Sydney Morning Herald, May 15, 1933

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The Milwaukee Journal, June 5, 1933

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Spokane Daily Chronicle, July 13, 1933

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Spokane Daily Chronicle, July 14, 1933

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 The Pitsburgh Press, July 11, 1940

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Posters

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Heralds

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Stills

Bela Lugosi in a rejected makeup test

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Charles Laughton

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The four finalists in Paramount’s search for the Panther Woman, Gail Patrick, Lona Andre, Verna Hillie and winner Kathleen Burke

The four finalists in Paramounts search for the Panther Woman. Gail Patrick, Lona Andre, Verna Hillie & Kathleen BurkeWinner Kathleen Burke is far right.

Kathleen Burke, Lona Andre, Verna Hillie and Gail Patrick,

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Richard Arlen and Charles Laughton

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Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams and Kathleen Burke

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Bela Lugosi and Charles Laughton

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Charles Laughton,  Erle C. Kenton and Richard Arlen

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Kathleen Burke and Richard Arlen

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