Torture Ship


57m 1939

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 22, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Producers Distributing Corp.
Distribution Company
Producers Distributing Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "A Thousand Deaths" by Jack London in Black Cat Magazine (May, 1899).

Technical Specs

Duration
57m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Convinced that glandular disorders are at the seat of all criminality, Dr. Herbert Stander begins experimenting with endocrine injections. To conduct his experiments without interference, the doctor charters a yacht, which he convinces his nephew, Lieutenant Bob Bennett, to captain, then helps eight killers escape from jail and brings them aboard as guinea pigs. On board, a fight erupts when Mary Slavish, a passenger of the boat, accuses her secretary, Joan Martel, of turning her into the police for murder. Joan, who was unaware that her boss was poisoning people to collect on their insurance policies, falls in love with Bob, who asks his uncle for help in proving her innocence. After one of his subjects dies, the doctor decides that he must experiment on a normal person and designates Bob as his next subject. Joan grabs a gun and tries to save Bob, and in the confusion, he switches the solution in his injection to water. When the doctor plans to use Joan as his next subject, Bob feigns confusion from the injection, steals a gun, frees the killers, and organizes a mutiny. After seizing control of the boat, the criminals take over and shoot the doctor. Impersonating his uncle, Bob broadcasts a warning to the killers, telling them that they will all die without their next injection. When one of them drops dead, the others rush to the doctor's office, where Bob and the orderlies take them prisoner. As they sail home, the doctor's experiments are vindicated when Mary awakens from her treatment and repents her crimes.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 22, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Producers Distributing Corp.
Distribution Company
Producers Distributing Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "A Thousand Deaths" by Jack London in Black Cat Magazine (May, 1899).

Technical Specs

Duration
57m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

A news item in Hollywood Reporter stated that Rex Hale was set to direct this picture. Hale was a pseudonym used occasionally by the film's director, Victor Halper. According to the CBCS, John Miller was to have played the role of Jesse, and according to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Harvey Huntley was to have shared screenwriting credit with George Sayrem, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed.