The Lost Jungle

Director: David Howard, Armand Schaefer
Country/ Year: USA 1934

Lion tamer Clyde Beatty plays hisself as a whip-cracking circus star who hypnotizes big cats and women alike. What better place for that than a jungle island with a lost city and hidden treasure?

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Mr. Robinson Crusoe

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Country/ Year: USA 1932

Civilization is a drag, learns Douglas Fairbanks as man of his day out for an allegedly naturalistic, actually reactionary way of life an island. All You need is love: be it by a dog, monkey, goat or girl.

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She Gods of Shark Reef

Director: Roger Corman
Country/ Year: USA 1958

Two runaway criminal brothers are in deep water and it’s full of sharks, too. Those are worshipped by the sexy pearl divers of the paradisian island the men land on. Police and shark god are furious.

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Teenage Zombies

Director: Jerry Warren
Country/ Year: USA 1959

What starts out as a cruise with Skip, Julie, Reg and Pam ends on the island of Dr. Myra, who grounds the beach boys and babes in her dungeon and plans to zombify the whole US. Not cool.

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Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla

Director: William Beaudine
Country/ Year: USA 1952

The obtuse spoof is silly enough to bring tears to Your eyes – not necessarily with laughter, since the reenactment of comedy clichés is actually the sad chronicle of the slow descent of a former star.

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Long John Silver

Director: Byron Haskin
Country/ Year: USA, Australia 1954

Robbed of its darker motifs and ambiguous figures, Haskin’s sequel to his version of “Treasure Island” leaves little of Stevenson’s original apart from a few names as that of the title character.

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And Then There Were None

Director: Rene Clair
Country/ Year: USA 1945

Agatha Christie’s story “Ten Little Niggers” packed despite its uncomfortable title a murderously and malicious riddle. The solution was darker than the studio would allow which might be the only flaw of this unnerving screen version.

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