Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

A curious adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel, with March as the tender-hearted misanthrope whose ivory tower on an island in the Dutch East Indies is simultaneously invaded by a downtrodden girl (Field) he rescues from a lecherous hotel-keeper, and by an unscrupulous gentleman adventurer (Hardwicke) - attended by his male 'secretary' and a brutish thug - who is after the mythical treasure supposedly hidden there. No prizes for guessing that subtleties go by the board, with Hollywood romance winning the day as a tropical storm orchestrates the passions. But the characterisations are vivid, the relationships (Hardwicke's sadistic sexual domination of Cowan, for example) surprisingly explicit, and the camerawork (Leo Tover) lushly atmospheric.


Release details

77 mins

Cast and crew

John Cromwell
John J Balderston
Fredric March
Betty Field
Cedric Hardwicke
Jerome Cowan
Sig Ruman
Rafaela Ottiano