The plot: Martine (Michele Mercier) is sent to Devil's Island for some crime. As depressed as she is, her one point of solace is that her sister Michelle (Federica Ranchi) is already an inmate there. Her sister was sentenced to life, but took the identity of an inmate named Jeanette (who died) because this woman's sentence was only four years. Dressed in evening gowns, the prisoners are condemned to slave labor, which means panning for gold in a shallow river. The women are constantly beaten by the guards and hung upon the rack to dry in the hot sun. When the girls feel like they cannot take it anymore, they are allowed to make an appointment to request rest with the acting warden (the Lieutenant). The Lieutenant's "bargain" is that the prisoner agree to a night of carnal relations with him or his staff, and favor will be bestowed upon the inmate. Unbeknownst to our heroines, the gold they are panning is being purloined by the Lieutenant.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Women of Devil's Island, The Female Version of Papillon
Square jawed Guy Madison broke into show business while on leave from the U.S. Navy. This hunk then appeared in many adventure, romance, and western movies before leaving for Europe to star in films there. In 1962, he played the mysterious warden in today's film, "Women of Devil's Island." An Italian film, today's feature will remind us of "Papillon" only instead of grizzled and hardened cut-throats as the convicts, we have voluptuous Parisian fashion models (notice the Devil's Island wardrobe in the below picture) in those roles. Hey...works for me.