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On an Island with You (1948)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 May 1948 (USA)
While shooting on location in the South Pacific, a movie star is pursued by a handsome Naval officer who is convinced she is the girl for him.

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Ricardo Montez
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A young navy lieutenant is brought in as techninical adviser on a song-dance-and-swim film being made by screen star Rosalind Reynolds. Having once done a number with her - and been kissed at the end - at a Forces show, the young lad somehow believes she should be his girl. Her boyfriend - and fellow co-star - is just one of those disagreeing. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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THERE'S MUSIC! THERE'S DANCING! THERE'S ROMANCE! See more »


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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 21 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New York City 8 May 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), Los Angeles 15 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and San Francisco 16 January 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

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When Ricardo exits the plane into the water and runs to meet Rosalind, his pants go from being submerged in water to dry on land. See more »

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Lt. Lawrence Y. Kingslee: Rosalind don't you think it's about time you quit being an actress and start being a woman!
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Takin' Miss Mary to the Ball
(1948) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Performed by Jimmy Durante accompanied by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
Sung also by Betty Reilly, Xavier Cugat and the nightclub audience
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"...how my poor heart aches with every step you take..."
15 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

It's difficult sometimes to view an older film without using a modern lens and being oversensitive or judgmental. Case in point: On an Island with You, where Peter Lawford plays a Navy officer who kidnaps his romantic obsession, a movie star played by Esther Williams. What is acceptable behavior from men towards women has obviously changed a lot in the last sixty plus years since this was made. It's hard for me to believe that there was ever a time when the disturbing and outright criminal behavior of Lawford's character could pass for romantic. But sadly, that is the case and the movie fails because of it.

It doesn't help matters that Lawford, always a stiff actor, plays the character as though he is an unbalanced creep. Lawford has no chemistry with Williams, either. This is made more apparent when Esther shares scenes with Ricardo Montalban, whom she did have wonderful chemistry with. Lawford pales by comparison. On the plus side, it's a Technicolor movie with Esther Williams so you know the gorgeous quota will be met and then some. The musical and aquatic numbers are all good, though none are classics. Jimmy Durante does his best to keep things light. Cyd Charisse shows off her dancing skills, which is always nice. As it stands, it's a watchable movie (more so if you're a big Esther fan) but probably the weakest of all of Esther's starring vehicles.


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