Island of Lost Souls
Directed by Erle Kenton. US. 1932. NR. 70 minutes. Universal. 35mm.
Sun., June 14, 2015
“Island of Lost Souls” is not a direct translation of H.G. Wells’ novella “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” but bears the Hollywood stamp. The story begins with Edward Parker (Richard Arlen) discovered adrift in the South Pacific. Parker is taken to the island of Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton), an odd character but completely hospitable as he offers Parker a ship and a crew to get him home to his fiance, Ruth (Leila Hyams). While on the island, Parker notices the strange natives, and later when Moreau introduces him to the only woman on the island, Lota (Kathleen Burke) he notices her hands aren’t really hands at all, but claws. Not to bog you down with details (even though the Wells story is fairly well known) but Parker knows he needs escape from the island. (Bob Trate)