Terror Island

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Terror Island
Terror Island (1920) - Ad 1.jpg
Directed by James Cruze
Produced by Jesse Lasky
Written by Walter Wooda (adaptation)
Story by
Starring Harry Houdini
Lila Lee
Cinematography William Marshall
Realart Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
April 1920
Running time
5 reels; (originally 7 reels)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Terror Island is a 1920 American silent adventure film produced by Jesse Lasky and directed by James Cruze. It is a starring vehicle for illusionist Harry Houdini here costarring with Lila Lee.[1] This film listed as 7 reels by the AFI but two reels are lost/missing with only 5 reels remaining.[2] The film had the working title of Salvage.


Beverly West appeals to Harry Harper, the inventor of a submarine device for salvaging sunken vessels, to help her rescue her father from the South Sea natives who are holding him as a ransom for the skull shaped pearl that Beverly possesses. Also desirous of the pearl is Job Mourdant, Beverly's guardian, who kidnaps his ward and heads out to sea. Harry follows and saves Beverly when Mourdant throws her overboard.

After the two parties arrive on the island, Harry is captured but escapes in time to see the natives thrust Beverly into an iron safe and throw her into the sea. Once again, Harry saves the girl, and finally procures the gems after struggling with a man in a diving suit. Harry then so impresses the natives with his magic that they release Beverly and her father and the three set sail for home.



  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Terror Island at silentera.com
  2. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Terror Island

External links

  • Terror Island on IMDb
  • Terror Island at afi.com
  • synopsis at AllMovie
  • Terror Island available for free download at Internet Archive

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