Island of Lost Souls
(1932) is the first film adaptation of The Island of Doctor Moreau
. It stars Charles Laughton
as Dr. Moreau and Richard Arlen
as the protagonist, Edward Parker. Bela Lugosi
features as one of Dr. Moreau's creatures.
Shipwrecked man finds himself on a boat delivering animals to one Dr. Moreau, whose home is a island not marked on charts. He finds that the island is populated solely by his subjects, animals that has been forcibly turned into half-men.
This film has the examples of:
- Adaptation Name Change:
- Edward Prendick is now Edward Parker.
- The schooner captain, named Davis in the novel, is (slightly) renamed as "Davies".
- Beast Man: Dr. Moreau's subjects.
- Broken Pedestal: The beastmen lose their belief in Dr. Moreau's "godhood" when he orders one them to kill Donahue, directly going against the law he has put in place. And since Donahue is a man like Moreau, they come to conclusion that "the Law is no more" and revolt against him.
- Cat Girl: Lota comes from a feline animal (panther, if promotional meaterial is to be believed).
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Lota dies in Edward's arms.
- A God Am I: "Mr. Parker, do you know what it's like to feel like God?"
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Moreau.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Dr. Moreau has taken Lota, his sole female subject, as his daughter.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Montgomery survives, and even rows the Edward and Ruth away from the island.
- This also applies to Captain Davies as well. In the novel, he is found dead by Prendick in a lifeboat.
- Torches and Pitchforks: After abandoning The Law, the beastmen swarm their former master's home with torches at hand.
- Whip It Good: Dr. Moreau enforces his authority with a whip. It proves to be useless when the beastmen revolt.