November 27, 2014

Films

The Camp on Blood Island – 1958 | 82 mins | War | B&W

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Plot Synopsis

The Camp on Blood Island

The Camp on Blood Island dared to depict the kind of daily atrocities that were committed against British prisoners of war, portraying the Japanese as uncompromisingly brutal and arrogant. The sadistic Japanese commandant has threatened to kill all the Allied PoW’s if Japan surrenders, so the prisoners try desperately to keep that news from him when it occurs. Some escape for a nearby partisan HQ, while Col Lambert (Andre Morell) leads the prisoners, armed with homemade weapons, into a last frenzied battle. Allied relief planes find few survivors on either side.

The film featured some surprisingly brutal moments, and was accused of sordid sensationalism with some justice, but was a needed antidote to the gentlemanly behaviour prevalent in other British war films which usually aimed at a family audience and an avoidance of stirring up old rancour’s. The film was so successful that it led to a sequel, The Secret of Blood Island (1965).

Production Team

Val Guest: Director
John Stoll: Art Direction
Jack Asher: Cinematography
Bill Lenny: Editing
Tom Smith: Makeup Department
Henry Montsash: Makeup Department
John Hollingsworth: Music Direction
Gerard Schurmann: Original Music
Anthony Hinds: Producer
Val Guest: Script
Ken Cameron: Sound Department
Jock May: Sound Department

Cast

Andre Morell: Col Lambert
Walter Fitzgerald: Beattie
Edward Underdown: Dawes
Phil Brown: Bellamy
Barbara Shelley: Kate
Michael Goodliffe: Anjou
Carl Mohner: Piet Van Elst



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