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Director:
Writers:
Dorothy Kingsley (screen play) &
Dorothy Cooper (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
3 May 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THERE'S MUSIC! THERE'S DANCING! THERE'S ROMANCE! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(8 articles)
Esther Williams obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 7 June 2013, 4:02 PM, PDT)

One of Top Box-Office Draws of the '40s Has Died: Esther Williams
 (From Alt Film Guide. 6 June 2013, 3:02 PM, PDT)

Esther Williams Dead At 91
 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 6 June 2013, 1:11 PM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Esther Williams ... Rosalind Rennolds

Peter Lawford ... Lt. Lawrence Y. Kingslee

Ricardo Montalban ... Ricardo Montez

Jimmy Durante ... Buckley

Cyd Charisse ... Yvonne Torro
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
Xavier Cugat ... Xavier Cugat

Leon Ames ... Commander Harrison

Kathryn Beaumont ... Penelope Peabody
Dick Simmons ... George Blaine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Betz ... Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Boyle ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Tommy (uncredited)
James Dale ... Seaplane Navigator (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Photographer (uncredited)
Tay Dunn ... Photographer (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
William O. Harbach ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
Samuel Herrera ... Native (uncredited)

Al Kikume ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Richard Landry ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ... Yeoman (uncredited)
Emilia Leovalli ... Yvonne's Grandmother (uncredited)
Uluao Letuli ... Sword Dancer (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Waiter (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Photographer (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Reporter (uncredited)
Kay Norton ... Martha (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Reporter (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Lieutenant Technical Advisor (uncredited)
Betty Reilly ... Cugat's Singer (uncredited)
Nina Ross ... Mrs. Peabody (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Hotel Barber (uncredited)
Robin Short ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert St. Angelo ... Native (uncredited)
Ernest Truex ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Sam Tubuo ... Native Chief (uncredited)
Arthur Walsh ... 2nd Assistant Director (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Duff Whitney ... Naval Officer (uncredited)

Marie Windsor ... Jane (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Bald Naval Radio Operator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
 
Writing credits
Dorothy Kingsley (screen play) &
Dorothy Cooper (screen play) &
Charles Martin (screen play) and
Hans Wilhelm (screen play)

Charles Martin (from an original story by) and
Hans Wilhelm (from an original story by)

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer
 
Original Music by
Albert Sendrey (uncredited)
George Stoll (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Douglass Biggs (film editor)
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Irene (costumes by)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
 
Production Management
Walter Strohm .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director (uncredited)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Pefferle .... associate set decorator (as Richard A. Pefferle)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Brock .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
 
Stunts
Virginia Lou Angle .... stunt double: Miss Williams (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Barnes .... grip (uncredited)
Jerome Hester .... still photographer (uncredited)
John M. Nickolaus Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nacio Herb Brown .... songs by
Edward Heyman .... songs by
George Stoll .... musical direction by (as Georgie Stoll)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Donohue .... dances and water ballet creator
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
John Banse .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
107 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #12672) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: "Chita" the Chihuahua that Xavier Cugat gives to Jimmy is said to be a female dog but at frame 1:31:19 the dog's appendage can clearly be seen, proving it was a male dog.See more »
Quotes:
Rosalind Reynolds:[as he's carrying out at large crab that scared her] Ooh, keep it away from me!
Lt. Lawrence Y. Kingslee:Ms. Reynolds your a big girl now.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'll Do the Strut-Away (In My Cutaway)See more »

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Is obsession romantic?, 31 August 2004
Author: robertmarburger from SF Bay Area

As an Esther Williams fan -- read fanatic -- since I was a pre-adolescent, I have to admit that On an Island with You is one of a few of her films that misfires as entertainment.

Admittedly applying contemporary values to a light 56-year-old film, I can't get around the fact that there's something disturbing about the Peter Lawford character's obsession with, stalking of, and eventual kidnapping of the Williams character. This is romantic? Lawford's wooden acting is part of the problem -- more warmth might have mitigated the creepiness of the character's behavior.

I have read that Lawford disliked Williams and felt, despite his success in Good News, that he'd been forced into an uninteresting, secondary part in a movie that was clearly hers. That would explain the total absence of chemistry between them.

Redeeming elements: the Charisse-Montalban dance numbers and Cugat's music.

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