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Sinners in Paradise

Sinners in Paradise(1938)

Also Known As: Eye of the Needle | Half Way to Shanghai | Secrets of a Sinner |

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Brief Synopsis

A seaplane departs for China. On board are a nurse escaping a loveless marriage to do work with refugees, a woman hoping to surprise her estranged son, a wealthy heiress trying to distance herself from labor troubles, an oily politician, a moll and a mobster fleeing the wrath of the gangs they've double-crossed, two rival munitions salesmen out to cash in on the misery of war, and a fresh-faced young steward. Caught in a course-altering storm, a crash-landing destroys the plane, kills the plane's officers, and tosses the surviving passengers into the sea. They are washed ashore on an isolated island inhabited solely by mysteriously reclusive Mr. Taylor and his servant, Ping. Until Taylor decides if, how and when he will allow them to take his boat back to China for help, this disparate band must work together, change their self-centered ways, and examine their motives for wanting to escape from the island and their pasts.

Cast & Crew

James Whale Director
Madge Evans Anne Wesson
John Boles Jim Taylor
Bruce Cabot Robert Malone [also known as "The Torpedo"]
Marion Martin Iris Compton
Gene Lockhart Senator [John P.] Corey
Charlotte Wynters Thelma Chase [also known as Doris Bailey]
Nana Bryant Mrs. Franklin Sydney
Milburn Stone [T. L.] Honeyman
Morgan Conway Harrison Brand
William Lundigan Offstage radio announcer

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1938 Production Date:  A James Whale Production
none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Universal Pictures Co.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Universal Pictures Co.
Duration(mins):  63 or 65 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  7    

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