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The Secret of Treasure Island (1938)

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300 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In the Prologue, pirates hide a treasure on an island off the Mexican coast. And the pirates, the map and the treasure disappear in a volcanic eruption. The legend of the island draws treasure seekers for a few centuries, but the treasure ...See moreIn the Prologue, pirates hide a treasure on an island off the Mexican coast. And the pirates, the map and the treasure disappear in a volcanic eruption. The legend of the island draws treasure seekers for a few centuries, but the treasure lies undetected. Cut to 1938 and Carter Collins)---The Shark---takes possession of the island and turns it into a fortress, while he systematically seeks the gold. He takes over an ancient mansion, installs a physician, Doctor "X", his nurse Zanya, his butler, Hawkins, and Grindley, who has plans of his own, since he already has a portion of the map. The possessor of the other portion soon shows up. Meanwhile, Collins has his slave diggers---The Mole Men---digging up the island looking for the treasure. Back in the states reporter Larry Kent is assigned to go to the island to investigate the disappearance of another reporter, Paul Thorndyke. A sea captain who has half of the map is killed before he can tell the daughter, Toni Morrell, of an old shipmate about the other half but is around long enough to tell her that her father, that she doesn't know, is on the island but expires before he can tell her his name. Toni and Larry decide to join forces and solve the mysteries if the island. Written by Les Adams See less
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L. Ron Hubbard (story) | George M. Merrick (screenplay) | George Rosener (screenplay) | Elmer Clifton (screenplay)
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Mar 17, 1938 (United States)

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37 cast members
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Don Terry
Larry Kent Larry Kent   See fewer
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Gwen Gaze
Toni Morrell Toni Morrell   See fewer
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Walter Miller
Carter 'The Shark' Collins Carter 'The Shark' Collins   See fewer
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Grant Withers
Roderick Gridley Roderick Gridley   See fewer
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George Rosener
Capt. Samuel Cuttle Capt. Samuel Cuttle   See fewer
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Sandra Karina
Nurse Zanya Nurse Zanya   See fewer
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P.J. Kelly
Prof. Gault (as Patrick J. Kelly) Prof. Gault (as Patrick J. Kelly)   See fewer
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Yakima Canutt
Dreer (Mole-Men Leader) Dreer (Mole-Men Leader)   See fewer
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William Farnum
George Brennan Westmore (Editor) George Brennan Westmore (Editor)   See fewer
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Joe Caits
Saltwater Jerry [Chs.1,4-7,13-15] Saltwater Jerry [Chs.1,4-7,13-15]   See fewer
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Colin Campbell
Hawkins (the Butler) [Chs. 1-3] Hawkins (the Butler) [Chs. 1-3]   See fewer
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Dave O'Brien
Det. Jameson [Chs. 4-7] Det. Jameson [Chs. 4-7]   See fewer
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William Royle
Paul Thorndyke [Ch.1] Paul Thorndyke [Ch.1]   See fewer
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Warner Richmond
Capt. Tom Stanton, alias Capt. Tom Faxton [Ch.1] Capt. Tom Stanton, alias Capt. Tom Faxton [Ch.1]   See fewer
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Ted Adams
Moore (uncredited) Moore (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Burns
Pirate (uncredited) Pirate (uncredited)   See fewer
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Louis Caits
Henchman (uncredited) Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ed Cassidy
Passenger Ship Captain #2 (uncredited) Passenger Ship Captain #2 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Willy Castello
Pirate (uncredited) Pirate (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Foster
Guard (uncredited) Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jerry Frank
Mole Men Rebel Leader (uncredited) Mole Men Rebel Leader (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Frazer
Passenger Ship Captain #1 (uncredited) Passenger Ship Captain #1 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joseph W. Girard
Newspaper Editor at Meeting (uncredited) Newspaper Editor at Meeting (uncredited)   See fewer
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Herman Hack
Guard (uncredited) Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Hagney
Ambulance Driver (uncredited) Ambulance Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Harvey
Toni's Kidnapper (uncredited) Toni's Kidnapper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Reed Howes
Pencil-Mustached Cortez Thug Leader (uncredited) Pencil-Mustached Cortez Thug Leader (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Lackteen
Pedro (uncredited) Pedro (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carl Mathews
Fishing Captain (uncredited) Fishing Captain (uncredited)   See fewer
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Milburn Morante
Bearded Pirate (uncredited) Bearded Pirate (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Perrin
Ambulance Attendant (uncredited) Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Josef Swickard
Passenger Ship Doctor (uncredited) Passenger Ship Doctor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Walker
Dying Mole Man (uncredited) Dying Mole Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Blackie Whiteford
Andy (uncredited) Andy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roger Williams
Guard (uncredited) Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Clara Kimball Young
Cortez Hotel Maid (uncredited) Cortez Hotel Maid (uncredited)   See fewer
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4.5 / 10 | 162 votes