Cinema: Mysterious Island

Gasbag Thriller

(Columbia). 'Tis a dark and stormy night. Shouts and shots are heard. Four Yanks jump the wall of a Confederate stockade, grab a Rebel hostage and pile into the basket of an observation balloon. Whack! They cut loose. The balloon soars. "We made it! We made it!" The storm screams derision. Four days and 7,000 miles later, it hurls the fugitives into the sea and onto the beach of an island somewhere in the South Pacific.

Morning. Sunshine. Palm trees. "We're alive!" Unfortunately, so is the giant crab, 18 ft. from claw to claw, that comes scuttling down the beach....

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