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On an Island with You (1948)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  3 May 1948 (USA)
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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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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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Auf einer Insel mit Dir  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Cyd Charisse completed the bulk of this film (most impressively in two romantic dance duets with Ricardo Montalban), then broke her leg during the filming of the big ceremonial dance, where the corps de ballet is in island native makeup. A double completed her scenes (shot at full length), but the injury kept her out of her next scheduled film, Easter Parade (1948). That role, which would've advanced her to fourth billing, went to Ann Miller, making her MGM debut. See more »

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When the plane is landing on the island, at touchdown you can clearly see that no passenger is in the back seat, but in the next shot the plane is coasting to a stop and Rosalind is in the back seat. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Lawrence Y. Kingslee: Put your arms around my neck.
Rosalind Reynolds: If I put my arms around your neck I'd choke you!
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I Know Darn Well I Can Do Without Broadway
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Written by Jimmy Durante
Performed by Jimmy Durante accompanied by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
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A poor movie with a couple of great bits, especially Cyd Charisse's two numbers
22 June 2008 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Thin and fairly dull Esther Williams vehicle, with Peter Lawford as her love interest. Williams and Lawford are both boring, and have no chemistry together. They are upstaged by just about every single other person in the cast, Cyd Charisse, Ricardo Montalban, Xavier Cugat, Jimmy Durante (whom you'd think was the star of the movie as much as he's in it), Kathryn Beaumont and even a chihuahua. Williams does have a good swimming number near the end, and she wears some fantastic costumes. I can't say anything good about Lawford. Recently departed dancer Cyd Charisse has the two best sequences in the movie, an erotic dance with Montalban and, the best scene in the movie, her dance on the stairs, aided by a group of masked natives. The Technicolor cinematography is beautiful throughout the movie, but it's downright dazzling in that number. At first I thought this was going to be a poor choice in honoring Charisse, but it turned out to be perfect. Child star Kathryn Beaumont went on to provide the voices for Disney's Alice in Wonderland and Wendy Darling. The DVD for this was stunning.


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