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Sinners in Paradise (1938)

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Added by Donald Rock in Drama 1930s Adventure


A group of men and women with diverse lives crash land while on a flight to China. They then find themselves on a small island inhabited by a recluse and his servant. To get back to civilization, the group must collaborate, yet at the same time a lot of self-examination takes place.

Starring Madge Evans, John Boles, and Bruce Cabot.

  • Produced by Ken Goldsmith.
  • Directed by James Whale.
  • Original story by Harold Buckley.
  • Screenplay by Lester Cole, Harold Buckley, and Louis Stevens.

US Copyright Office records indicate that the original copyright date for Sinners in Paradise was May 2, 1938 by Universal Pictures Co., Inc. However, in the 28th year after its production, the copyright holders failed to file a formal copyright renewal. Therefore, the movie became public domain in or around 1966.

I'm confident that Sinners in Paradise is in the public domain since there is no formal copyright record in the US Catalog for Copyright Entries for Motion Pictures, 1960-1969. Additionally, lists this movie as public domain with the creative commons attribute.

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