On a foggy island off New York, stands an old creaky mansion. A perfect setting for a murder mystery, this structure is adorned with suits of armor lining the hallways, secret passageways, and fatal booby-traps. "Fog Island" (1945) is our feature today. Originally based on a comedy/mystery play from 1937, director Terry O. Morse took the comedy out of the film adaptation, thus concentrating on murder and mayhem. Of course, mixed in with the carnage are several suspects, including some beautiful femme fatales.
The ending is a wild one, which shows the fate of the greedy guests, reveals the killer's identity, and the future of the beautiful and pure Gail's relationship with Jeff. I love Mr. Morse's decision to take out the comedic elements of this story. Murder and horror have built in comedy, thus adding it to the plot would make the story seem too contrived. I picked up this DVD for less tan $5 on Oldies.com. Treat yourself to a fine murder mystery that will remind you of an Agatha Christie story...except less concerned with wit and manors.