Playing Moreau as a persnickety, polite old queen is such a funny idea that Brando's disappearance halfway through the movie hits the audience like a mortal blow. We feel marooned in the thing right along with Douglas and Montgomery. Couldn't the filmmakers come up with a reason to keep Brando around? Or was he only available for his customary week's work? Probably the best thing that could happen to Hollywood right now would be if Brando fell on such hard times that he had to act again in a lot of movies. He's such a great actor that he even shows off his genius when he's playing patty-cake with it.

The Island of Dr. Moreau continues at area theaters.

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