Sinners in Paradise

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Sinners in Paradise
Sinners in Paradise FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by James Whale
Produced by Ken Goldsmith
Screenplay by Lester Cole
Harold Buckley
Louis Stevens
Story by Harold Buckley
Starring See below
Music by Oliver Wallace
Cinematography George Robinson
Edited by Maurice Wright
James Whale Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • May 19, 1938 (1938-05-19) (United States)
Running time
65 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sinners in Paradise is a 1938 American drama film directed by James Whale. In 1966, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to the claimants failure to 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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