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What,No Harvey Weinstein?
The guys at the hotel must be the basis for the porch scene at the Raj Mahal for THE CREW,about aging gangsters.Dorothy Mackaill plays Gilda,and I really like this Gilda,unlike Rita Hayworth's Gilda of 1946.She's not much different in GILDA than this Gilda,a prostitute,forced into the job by sleazy Piet,who cost her a legit job.My favorite actor is Charles Middleton,as the lawyer,Jones,who really gives a career making portrayal as one of the few nice characters in this film.
J R Horne summed this film to a t.Wish a happier ending was in the offing,but the scummiest of the degenerate denizens of the hotel wound make me opt for a quicker demise,given the choices available.Never saw this one before,but quite a cast.John Wray still a terror,and he's the one who royally screwed up a starring role for James Cagney on the London stage.
Give me a big kiss...
- Kathy A.
It's gonna have to last a long time. I just watched Safe in Hell for the first time and it now holds a place as one of my favorite movies. Ms. Mackaill was beautiful. I expected her to sail off into the sunset, happy for the first time in her life, and was surprised at the dramatic ending. But how else could it have ended? Her determination and chosing her love for Carl above all else, well, I cried! A great addition to our movie library.
the name game.
movies like this relied as much on the title to get people interested. I think I will try to come up with some names for this. pervert paradise.. devil dame.. blond dagger.. the chicken killer.. cruise in to decent.. the female freak.. the haven of hell.. ramada inn.. poison cherry.. the former governor of Alaska.. bitter cookies.. kitty cracked.. the worst contestant in the history of survivor.. death diva.. female fiend.. the woman who deserved a proper education and a sense of self so she could be something better.. lady lust.. the tortured temptress.. blond power bomb.. the fallen woman who still had more pride than the one who use to star in greys anatomy and did a kitty litter commercial.. cut throat cutie.. the idiot who joined the green party.. the bloody dove.. scum queen.. garbage body.. the woman who suddenly did not want anything to eat.. love stealer.. destroyer of men.. the one who overworks restaurant staff when they come in with a large party and never tip worth a damn.. ripper venus..the worst on screen movie partner frankie Avalon ever worked with.. hateful harlot.. less than thrilled winner of a goldfish at a carnival game.. sinful sacrifice.. trash talker who beats you at video games.. the money mauler.. the lady maybe in hell but at least she is not a telemarketer.. the cruel fate..worse fate her name could have been skippy..the island damned.. great news she made a fortune by coining the phrase hot diggty damn ..and what ever happens keep nick cage away from me. some titles are better than others. the story was ok.
18 year old Nina Mae sings a very popular song from 1931. MacKaill entrance to the party is backed by a Leroy Tibbs orchestra recording of "sleepy time" Chas Middleton (MING THE MERCILESS) has about ten minutes of dialogue as Gilda's lawyer. Around the dinner table Middleton smiles. Probably the only time he did in his entire career! By the way, Clarence Muse wrote "When It's Sleepytime Down South".
Safe in Hell underrated
A honest look at prostitution for the time - there should be more such treatments of prostitution in film.
A Prostitute Protects Her Honor
- disinterested spectator
A **** with a heart of gold chooses to be executed rather than suffer a fate worse than death.
Was this remade as Rain ?
- R Allen
This script is very similar to the movie Rain, starring Joan Crawford..... I love both movies!
For god's sake, put Safe in Hell out on DVD
- Gwendolyn Foster
SAFE IN HELL is a terribly important feminist film that should be made available on DVD. It has to be seen to be believed. PLEASE WARNER ARCHIVE, PLEASE put this out on DVD!!!! SOON!!!Professor Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Hell Has No Room Service
- J. R. Horne
A pre-code doozy. Gilda, a New Orleans prostitute escapes to anisland in the Carribean with her sailor lover after accidentally killing the cad who caused her fall. Hiding in a hotel that keeps wriggly things in the drinking water to guard against malaria, she becomes the Queen Bee to a group of the sleaziest, creepiest drones in the history of backwater doss houses with no extradition treaties. Murderers, thieves, disreputable assassins, and even a lawyer con-man played by Charles Middleton (later Ming the Merciless) inhabit the place and all lust after Gilda. As does the worst of them all, Bruno, thelocal hangman (Morgan Wallace, a founder of the Screen Actors Guild). Its a steamy stew and you can smell the body odor of these denizens of a tropic hell just off the map. Nina Mae McKinney plays the hostelry hostess and sings. Although you would expect something from Kurt Weill, its "Sleepy Time Down South." Dorothy Mackaill is stunning and remains an enigma asto why she never went on to greater heighths. Clarence Muse isa stand out and its all whipped into a sordid, seamy and touching film by William A. Wellman.