Escape from Devil's Island


1h 8m 1935

Film Details

Also Known As
Song of the Damned
Release Date
Nov 10, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

In Paris, international spy Steve Harrington and his daughter Johanna have lunch with her fiancé, Dario, a fellow spy. Stephen and Dario plan to steal military secrets from France, but during their attempt Stephen is captured by the police and sentenced to twenty years in the penal colony of Devil's Island in Guyana. Dario eludes the police and, with Johanna, plans to free Stephen. Meanwhile, at Ile-de-Re, the embarkation point for Devil's Island, Stephen becomes friends with fellow prisoner Andre Dion, who has been sentenced unjustly. Johanna establishes a base in Cayenne on the opposite side of the jungle from the prison and Dario enters the prison as a new guard for Commandante de Montresson. Soon Stephen, Dario and Andre are plotting their escape. Python, an informer, overhears them, and they are forced to leave before their preparations are complete. Pursued through the jungle by guards and dogs, Dario and Andre secure passage across the river but when Wong, the smuggler, demands more money, Dario smashes his boat, and Wong puts the guards on their trail. Dario and Andre separate, and the dogs follow Dario's trail. Andre arrives at Cayenne before Dario and while Andre and Johanna wait for him, the two fall in love. Andre refuses to betray his friend, however, and pretends that he does not return Johanna's feelings. Six weeks later, Dario finally joins them and they leave for Venezuela. On board the ship, Dario learns that Andre has been declared innocent and rushes to tell him the good news. He finds Johanna and Andre embracing and, in a rage, rows Andre to the jungle shore and abandons him. Upon his return to the ship, Johanna explains that she loves Andre even though he rejected her advances. Risking his own freedom, a contrite Dario returns to shore to save Andre, who has been found and pardoned in the meantime. Shortly thereafter, Andre and Johanna say farewell to Dario, who promises to join them in Paris after his release from prison.

Cast

Victor Jory

Dario

Florence Rice

Johanna [Harrington]

Norman Foster

Andre [Dion]

Stanley Andrews

Steve [Harrington]

Daniel Haynes

[Sgt. Abu] Djikki

Herbert Heywood

Bouillon

Frank Lackteen

Python

Arthur Aylesworth

Commandante [de Montresson]

Noble Johnson

Bisco

Harry Semels

Rougon

Bill Nye

Sergeant major

George Lloyd

Sergeant

Gaston Glass

Sergeant

Jack Kenney

Sergeant

Auguste Tollaire

Faraux

Chris-pin Martin

Goat herder

Paul Guilfoyle

Touvier

Hector Sarno

Captain Mirado

Tetsu Komai

Ah Wong

Frank Ward

Doll man

Marcel De La Brosse

Guard and technical man

Albert Prisco

Joumet

Ed Hunter

Tracker

Floyd Shackelford

Native

Ivan Christy

Gendarme

Lew Hicks

Adjutant [

Arthur Thalasso

Adjutant

Albert Ladon

Boy

Albert Pollet

Waiter

Billy Elmer

Crippled prisoner

Blackie Whiteford

Convict

Ron Wilson

Ship's officer

Bob De Coudic

Cayenne patrolman

Harry Vejar

Cayenne patrolman

Dick Howard

Cayenne patrolman

Frank Bruno

Prisoner

Bing Conley

Prisoner

Clay De Ray

Prisoner

Frank Ellis

Prisoner

Lew King

Prisoner

Dick La Marr

Prisoner

John Northpole

Prisoner

Jack Silver

Prisoner

Al Stewart

Prisoner

Mike Tellegen

Prisoner

Robert Wilber

Prisoner

Charles Whittaker

Prisoner

Tim Wallace

Prisoner

Skipper Zelliff

Prisoner

John Lester Johnson

Prisoner

Jack Spears

Prisoner

Gus Robinson

Prisoner

Pat Washington

Prisoner

Blue Washington

Prisoner

Homer Dickinson

Guard

Mike Lally

Guard

George Magrill

Guard

Adolph Milar

Guard

Charles Maresra

Guard

Merrill Mccormick

Guard

Charles Regan

Guard

Ethan Laidlaw

Guard

Jess Caven

Guard

Art Miles

Guard

Al Ferguson

Guard

Harry La Mont

Guard

Bob St. Angelo

Guard

Sidney D'albrook

Guard

Al Haskell

Guard

Jack Curtis

Guard

Budd Fine

Guard

Jack Lowe

Guard

Frank Fanning

Guard

Otto Kolka

Guard

Joe Rickson

Guard

Film Details

Also Known As
Song of the Damned
Release Date
Nov 10, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Film Length
7 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Song of the Damned, and Motion Picture Daily reviewed the film under that title. The picture was copyrighted under both titles on the same day but with different registration numbers, LP7218 for Escape From Devil's Island and LP5919 for Song of the Damned.