Sinners in Paradise

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Sinners in Paradise
Sinners in Paradise FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byJames Whale
Produced byKen Goldsmith
Screenplay byLester Cole
Harold Buckley
Louis Stevens
Story byHarold Buckley
StarringSee below
Music byOliver Wallace
CinematographyGeorge Robinson
Edited byMaurice Wright
James Whale Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 19, 1938 (1938-05-19) (United States)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States

Sinners in Paradise is a 1938 American South Seas adventure film directed by James Whale. In 1966, the film entered the public domain in the United States because the claimants did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.[1]


A passenger aircraft crashes in mid-Pacific and some of the survivors reach an island inhabited only by an American, Jim Taylor, with his Chinese servant, Ping. He declines to help them, telling them to build their own shelter and gather their own food and, though he has a boat and fuel, refusing to take them off. The reason why he wants to remain undisturbed, we learn, is that he is wanted for murder. In time his attitude to the intruders softens as they, despite endless bickering, manage to form a working community and he finds himself increasingly drawn to an attractive young nurse, Anne Wesson, who is running away from her husband. When the boat is prepared for a trip to civilization, two crooked businessmen from the party steal it with Ping on board. In a fight, he kills them both and, fatally wounded, brings the boat back. The rest can then escape.

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  1. ^ Pierce, David (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal. 19 (2): 125–43. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. JSTOR 25165419. OCLC 15122313.

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