The 'secret' isn't one for long - a British female agent is shot down near a Jap prison camp in Malaya. The prisoners hide her and eventually help her to escape, not without some ensuing incidents that provide the necessary action.

The ‘secret’ isn’t one for long – a British female agent is shot down near a Jap prison camp in Malaya. The prisoners hide her and eventually help her to escape, not without some ensuing incidents that provide the necessary action.

Barbara Shelley manages to fool the Jap guards into thinking she’s just another male prisoner much more easily than she does the audience. But when she’s supposed to look dirty and sweaty (and this attention to detail is due to meticulous work by the technicians on the film), she looks properly soiled. None of the actors are ever seen out of character.

Besides Shelley, very good performances are given by Jack Hedley and Charles Tingwell as the leaders of the British prisoners and Bill Owen, Peter Welch, Lee Montague and Edwin Richfield as other prisoners.

Among the Japanese roles, however, there isn’t one convincing performance in the group.

The Secret of Blood Island

UK

Production

Hammer. Director Quentin Lawrence; Producer Anthony Nelson Keys; Screenplay John Gilling; Camera Jack Asher; Editor James Needs, Tom Simpson; Music James Bernard; Art Director Bernard Robinson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Barbara Shelley Jack Hedley Charles Tingwell Bill Owen Lee Montague Patrick Wymark
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