Isle of the Dead script
Synopsis: Gen. Nikolas Pherides (Boris Karloff) takes leave from the 1912 Balkan War to visit a small island in Greece, where his wife is buried. While there, a plague breaks out -- and along with an American reporter (Marc Cramer) and several other travelers, Pherides is forced to stay when quarantine is declared. Soon, locals and foreigners alike succumb to the influence of Madame Kyra (Helene Thimig), who accuses a nurse (Ellen Drew) of being a vampire and the true cause of the recent deaths.

The General puts his hand on Oliver's arm.


Listen ——

Both men are silent in an attitude of listening - from

outside can be heard distantly the screaming and groaning of

the wounded.


You know that sound, Oliver?


I heard the same sound at

Ladysmith, at Nukden, Port

Arthur. What do you expect

after a battle?


You were at those battles as a

spectator — — I wonder if you can

think what that sound might mean to

me —— those men out there —— dead

or dying —— by my order -- because

I willed it so.

CLOSE TWO SHOT — Oliver and the General. Oliver holds up the

lantern and tries to peer into the darkness. The General

starts off and Oliver falls into step behind him. They pass a

sentry who salutes. Only the lighted lantern can be seen as

they go into the darkness.


The CAMERA in SET UP TO SHOOT PAST the heaped-up dead. The

only illumination is the lantern which Oliver carries, he and

the General pick their way between the dead.

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John Griffith Wray

John Griffith Wray (August 30, 1881 - July 15, 1929)[1][2][3] was an American stage actor and director who later became a noted Hollywood silent film director. He worked on 19 films between 1913 and 1929 that included Anna Christie (1923) and Human Wreckage (1923), Dorothy Davenport's story about her husband Wallace Reid's drug addiction and death. He has been the husband of Bradley King. more…

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