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Island of Lost Souls (1932)

aka Island of Lost Souls

"TERROR! Stalked the Brush-Choked Island...Where Men Who Were Animals Sought the Girl Who Was All-Human!"

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Details: 70 mins · English


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Small Doctor Moreau
Small Edward Parker
Small Ruth Thomas
Small Sayer the Law
No_movie_poster Lota the Panther Woman
No_movie_poster Doctor Montgomery
Small Cap. Davies
No_movie_poster Cap. Donahue
No_movie_poster Ouran
Small M`ling
No_movie_poster Consul
Small Beast
Small M'Ling


No_movie_poster Wally Westmore Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Hans Dreier Art Direction
No_movie_poster Karl Struss Director of Photography
Small H.G. Wells Novel
No_movie_poster Erle C. Kenton Director
No_movie_poster Waldemar Young Screenplay
No_movie_poster Philip Wylie Screenplay
No_movie_poster Arthur Johnston Music
No_movie_poster Sigmund Krumgold Music


"TERROR! Stalked the Brush-Choked Island...Where Men Who Were Animals Sought the Girl Who Was All-Human!"

"THE PANTHER WOMAN lured men on - only to destroy them body and soul!"


Shipwrecked traveler Edward Parker (Richard Arlen) is rescued by a freighter delivering animals to an isolated South Seas island owned by Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton). When Parker objects to the freighter's captain (Stanley Fields) mistreating M'ling (Tetsu Komai), an odd-looking passenger, the captain tosses Parker overboard into Montgomery (Arthur Hohl) and Moreau's boat.

Moreau offers Parker the hospitality of his home and introduces him to Lota (Kathleen Burke), a beautiful, gentle girl who seems a bit simple. When the two hear screams coming from a locked room, which Lota calls the house of pain, Parker investigates. He sees Moreau and Montgomery operating on a person without anesthetic. Convinced that Moreau is engaged in sadistic vivisection, Parker tries to leave, only to encounter brutish-looking men emerging from the jungle. Moreau appears, cracks his whip, and orders the one known as the Sayer of the Law (Bela Lugosi) to repeat the rule against violence. Afterward, the strange men disperse.

Back in the main house, the doctor corrects Parker's mistaken impression. Moreau explains that he started experimenting in London many years previously, accelerating the evolution of plants. He eventually graduated to animals, trying to transform them into people through "plastic surgery, blood transfusions, gland extracts, and ray baths". He would still be working in England on his "bio-anthropological research" if a dog had not escaped from his laboratory and so horrified the people that he was forced to leave.

He reveals that Lota is the sole woman on the island, but hides the fact that she is derived from a panther. Later in private, he expresses his excitement to his assistant, Montgomery, that Lota is becoming more human in her emotions due to her attraction to Parker. To keep Parker around to continue the process, Moreau sees to it that the boat that was to take Parker away is destroyed and places the blame on his beast-men.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1933-01-12 : United States of America