Henry King was born in 1888 and made movies from 1912 to 1962. Andrew Sarris summarized his storytelling as turgid and rhetorical, which seems fair, especially with his later films. The Bravados, despite Gregory Peck, spectacular scenery and a splendid cast of villains, is, well, turgid. Perhaps that's why, even back before the Hayes code, Hell Harbor came in two versions, the 90 min original trimmed to 64 for "pace". Perhaps the work of a studio anti-turgid committee. One has to give full marks, and a giant pat on the back, to VCI not only for giving us both versions, but for unusual honesty-in-packaging about the prints. The 84 min print is the longest extant, and well worth watching. Although it has many more frame drops and random glitches than the shorter mint print, many of the deletions are brief bits of business that enrich the characters, or show interesting period detail. It also seems to have better sound and clearer dialogue in many places. It's really not that bad of a print, all things considered. Not even all that turgid, truth be told.
Also nice of VCI to fill up the disk with an amusing minor film, Jungle Bride.
Neither of these films is particularly salacious, and neither has nudity (although a lot more braless cleavage than after the code), but Hell Harbor does have a nice Caribbean variant of trailer-trash mayhem and lazy, quasi-sleazy atmosphere (more implied than real). One of the sailors looks like he stumbled out of Tom of Finland, and one of the bar girls replies to an advance in a man's voice, so perhaps the 'crew' were having some covert fun before Joseph Breen paddled them all for being naughty. Not a great movie, but very enjoyable, with a kind of looseness that many precode films had. Given the price, and VCI's dedication to providing a good product, this disk is a bargain.