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Beautiful high society type Doris Worthington is entertaining guests on her yacht in the Pacific when it hits a reef and sinks. She makes her way to an island with the help of singing sailor Stephen Jones. Her friend Edith, Uncle Hubert, and Princes Michael and Alexander make it to the same island but all prove to be useless in the art of survival. The sailor is the only one with the practical knowhow to survive but Doris and the others snub his leadership offer. That is until he starts a clam bake and wafts the fumes in their starving faces. The group gradually gives into his leadership, the only question now is if Doris will give into his charms. Written by
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Right before the "Once in a Blue Moon" number, there is a long shot of Stephen holding Doris under the moon. His lips are moving in this brief shot as if he's singing to her, but there is no vocal on the soundtrack. See more »
[watching through binoculars]
Gracie, my gun! A bird!
A bird! A bird!
O, my goodness. Here.
[hands him a live duck]
Not a duck. My gun! How can you shoot with a duck?
Well, my father used to shoot ducks. But maybe that duck wasn't loaded, eh?
The duck wasn't loaded but I'd like to bet that your father was.
Well, if he wasn't then why did the duck shoot my father because I always thought...
Quiet! Quiet! Well, I missed him. He's gone and that was a stratospheric duck and very rare.
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OK, take away Der Bingle's singing, and what have you got? ... OK, take away Burns & Allen's comedy, and what have you got? ... OK, take away the music-comedy of Merman and Errol, and what have you got? ... OK, take away the dancing (and roller skating) bear, and what have you got? There must be a story in there somewhere...and there is, but as one of many versions of James Barrie's "Admirable Crichton," it's hardly unique.
So how do you make a musical comedy out of a social lesson? You subjugate the story and make it incidental. You find an appealing star like Carole Lombard and place her in the role of the hoity-toity socialite. You cast a crooner like Bing Crosby opposite her. You add some well-known actors like George Burns and Gracie Allen, Leon Errol, and a twenty-something Ethel Merman for some comic relief. Finally, you toss in a prince or two in the form of a Ray Milland and, in his sole role, Jay Henry, and...voilá, by George, you've got it!
In short, turn off your mind and enjoy the ride.
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