Isle of Escape

Isle of Escape is a 1930 American pre-Code film produced and released by Warner Bros.. The film stars Monte Blue and Myrna Loy and is set in the South Seas. Blue had been playing man-stranded-on-island roles in such films as White Shadows in the South Seas at MGM towards the end of the silent era and continued doing so in this early talkie.[2]

Isle of Escape
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likenesses of Monte Blue and Myrna Loy
Directed byHoward Bretherton
Written byJ. Grubb Alexander
Lucien Hubbard
Story byJack McLaren
Based onplay by Campbell Dixon
StarringMonte Blue
Myrna Loy
Betty Compson
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • March 1, 1930 (1930-03-01)
Running time
60 minutes (6 reels)
CountryUnited States
Box office$282,000[1]


Dave Wade, a young miner, manages to escape from some cannibals in the South Seas who have killed all of his companions. He arrives at the island of Samora with a bag of gold which he managed to save. Here he meets a brutal man named Shane and a woman named Stella, who had been forced into a secret marriage with Shane. The couple run a small hotel. Stella immediately sympathizes with Dave's plight, while Shane sets his greedy eyes on his gold. After the death of Stella's mother, Dave escapes with her to another island. Here they meet Moira, a native girl, who falls in love with Dave and desperately tries to divert his love away from Stella. Eventually, Shane discovers the whereabouts of his wife and arrives on the island.


Box officeEdit

According to Warner Bros., the film earned $224,000 domestically and $58,000 foreign.[1]

Preservation statusEdit

Isle of Escape is believed to be a lost film. Around 2010, a small fragment, running about forty seconds, was discovered by a private collector.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 10 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Isle of Escape
  3. ^ The American Film Institute Catalogue of Feature Films 1921-30 c. 1971 by The American Film Institute

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