Island Rescue (1951)
"Appointment with Venus" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  June 1952 (USA)
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During WW2, British Major Valentine Moreland is tasked with rescuing a prized pedigree cow from the German-occupied Channel Island of Armorel.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maj. Valentine Moreland
Nicola Fallaize
George Coulouris ...
Capt. Weiss
Lionel Fallaize
Noel Purcell ...
Trawler Langley
Jeremy Spenser ...
Patric Doonan ...
Sgt. Forbes
Martin Boddey ...
Sgt. Vogel
John Horsley ...
Naval Officer Kent
George Benson ...
Senior clerk
Richard Wattis ...
Carruthers (higher executive)
David Horne ...
Geoffrey Sumner ...
Major, Vet. Corps


At the outbreak of WWII the British realise they can't prevent the invasion of the Channel Islands. However, someone realises that a prize cow is on the islands and the Nazis mustn't get hold of her. This is the intrepid story of the cow-napping from under the noses of the Nazis. Written by Steve Crook <>

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From the British War Office Came the Flash...RESCUE VENUS! See more »


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June 1952 (USA)  »

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Island Rescue  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Recreation of a TRUE story.Demonstrating the amazing Spirit that kept the Nazis at bay for over a year,and subsequently helped to defeat them.
5 July 2003 | by (California USA.) – See all my reviews

Who in their right minds would mount a commando raid to rescue a cow ?Only the Brits. Venus was in fact a Gurnsey Cow. A champion milk producer.And the envy of Hitler, who wanted to breed her capabilities into the Teutonic herds that he had proclaimed to be the world's best.Thus for reasons of morale the Brits mounted a commando operation to snatch Venus right from under the noses of the German occupiers of her island home. A wonderful movie Starring David Niven and Glynis Johns,recreated this exciting story of the successful operation. I was lucky enough to have seen the movie in a theatre when it first came out,at the tender age of ten .I loved it then and I loved it on late night TV 35 years later. I wish it would play again. I'd make a point of staying up to tape it. A splendid paean of praise for the indomitable Human Spirit. If it comes your way take time to enjoy.

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