Fiend of Dope Island

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Fiend of Dope Island (1961, USA) is a Crime film directed by Nate Watt.

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Main Details

  • Released in 1961
  • B & W
  • Running Time: 76 Min.
  • Production Co: Essanjay Films | J. Harold Odell
  • Distribution Co: Essanjay Films (1961) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Nate Watt
  • Written by Bruce Bennett, Mark Carabel, Nate Watt
  • Starring: Bruce Bennett, Robert Bray, Tania Velia, Ralph A. Rodriguez, Miguel Ángel Álvarez
  • Produced by J. Harold Odell
  • Cinematography by Gayne Rescher
  • Film Editing by James Gaffney


Fiend of Dope Island, also released as Whiplash, was a lurid men's adventure type motion picture filmed in 1959 and released in 1961. It starred and was co-written by Bruce Bennett and was the final film directed by Nate Watt. It was filmed in Puerto Rico where producer J. Harold Odell had previously filmed his Machete (1958) and Counterplot (1959). Several scenes were censored for the United States release. The film co-stars Tania Velia billed as the "Yugoslavian Bombshell" who had appeared in the July 1959 Playboy and Puerto Rican actor Miguel Ángel Álvarez. Charlie Davis runs his own island in the Caribbean with a literal whip hand making his income as a marijuana grower, exporter and gunrunner. He hires a female entertainer to amuse the clients of his cantina and himself. Charlie's world falls apart when one of his employees is an undercover narcotics investigator. The trouble escalates to a full native rebellion and shark attack. (Wikipedia)

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