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Island in the Sky (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 1 April 1938 (USA)
A secretary solves a murder for her boyfriend in the District Attorney's office. Black and White.



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Complete credited cast:
Julie Hayes
Michael Fraser
Johnny Doyle
Peter Vincent
Lucy Rhodes
Marty Butler
Walter Rhodes
George Humbert ...
Aggie Herring ...
Mrs. O'Shea
Charles D. Brown ...
Inspector Whitehead


A secretary solves a murder for her boyfriend in the District Attorney's office. Black and White.

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

1 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Segredo do Forçado  »

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Technical Specs


(copyright length) (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In alternating shots, the man holding the microphone on the balcony is either covering it with his hat or holding it out in the open. See more »


Living on the Town
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Performed by Gloria Roy
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murder mystery with good cast
1 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The face is 59-years younger, but it's impossible not to recognize Titanic's Gloria Stuart - those huge, beautiful blue eyes are unmistakable. Stuart stars here in "Island in the Sky," a 1938 film also starring Michael Whelan, Paul Kelly, Paul Hurst, and Leon Ames. Stuart plays the secretary-fiancé of the D.A. (Whelan), and she's upset over the recent guilty verdict of a young man (Robert Kellard), who's set to get the chair. She decides to look into his case herself, not only to help him, but his agonized fiancé.

Director Leeds keeps this film going at a good pace, and it's a involving mystery with good acting and some nice comic moments.

This was probably a B film, given its length, and though Universal and 20th Century Fox promised Stuart big things, neither studio came through. It's a shame because Stuart is very likable here, as well as pretty and glamorous. The actress turned to the stage and retired in the 1940s, becoming an artist. She returned to acting in the 1980s. Then in 1997 came Titanic and an Oscar nomination. It's fun to see the young Stuart, who turns 100 this year, and it's great that TCM shows her earlier films from time to time.

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