Jim Knight is the captain of a ship trading in the South Seas. He runs into trouble when he makes port at an island where crooks Malone and Ross hold the natives under their cruel ... See full summary »
A wealthy industrialist hires the renowned hoax-buster Phillip Knight to prove that an island he plans to develop isn't voodoo cursed. However, arriving on the island, Knight soon realizes ... See full summary »
This film has no music, not even "source" music from a radio. The main titles are accompanied by sirens and other street sounds. See more »
ER Episode from 1956
This depiction of a "typical" night at the Emergency Hospital is directed in a low key, low budget fashion reminiscent of Dragnet, and other "real life" dramas of the time. As such, it makes an interesting time capsule into 50s preoccupations (juvenile delinquency, car racing playboys, women doctors who choose career over love, police sergeants who work too hard and neglect their families) and the shots of nighttime Los Angeles, with streetcar tracks and Rexall drug stores, are great. The low budget really gets in the way (this appears to be a hospital with only three rooms and two doctors), however, once the action moves indoors.
Serviceable performances and OK direction make this feel much like what ER would have been like, had it been made on a shoestring budget in the 50s. There are multiple plot lines, and the personal lines of the characters becomes important in how the hospital cases develop. The movie is interesting for historical reasons, and the amount of corniness is not too excessive for the period. Feminists may despair about the ending, however.
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