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Island of Desire (1952)

Saturday Island (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Romance, War | 4 August 1952 (USA)
Based on and screenplay adapted from a Hugh Brooke story that appeared in "The Saturday Evening Post" and was not a novel: Lieutenant Elizabeth Smythe, a U.S. Military hospital-ship nurse, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Elizabeth Smythe
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Marine Corporal Michael J. 'Chicken' Dugan
Donald Gray ...
William Peck
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Grimshaw
Sheila Chong ...
Tukua
Russell Waters ...
Dr. Snyder
MacDonald Parke ...
Ship's Captain
Michael Newell ...
Eddie
Lloyd Lamble ...
Officer of the Watch
Peter Butterworth ...
Wounded Marine
Harold Ayer ...
Marine Sergeant
Diana Decker ...
Nurse
Hilda Fenemore ...
Nurse
Joan Benham ...
Nurse
Brenda Hogan ...
Nurse
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Based on and screenplay adapted from a Hugh Brooke story that appeared in "The Saturday Evening Post" and was not a novel: Lieutenant Elizabeth Smythe, a U.S. Military hospital-ship nurse, and Marine Corporal Michael J. "Chicken" Dolan, are the only survivors when a hospital ship hits a mine in the South Pacific during World War II. The two spend months alone on a deserted island and, in spite of the age-difference, fall in love...and for other obvious reasons. Their peaceful existence is shattered when an airplane crashes on the island and the only survivor, William Peck, also falls for Elizabeth. Back in civilization, after being rescued by a passing Navy-ship, they all see each other in a different light and have different reactions than expected. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A South-Seas Shangri-La of romance and adventure beyond your wildest dreams! See more »

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Adventure | Romance | War

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Approved | See all certifications »
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4 August 1952 (USA)  »

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Island of Desire  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The July 22, 1952 edition of The New York Times noted that this film would make its local debut at Lowe's Metropolitan Theatre in Brooklyn on Wednesday, July 30. However, the newspaper did not send a reviewer on opening day. See more »

Goofs

Although they are supposed to be on a desert island. when they are standing on the hillside overlooking the sea, there are clearly huts on the promontory below them. See more »

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Trapped on an island with you
30 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bit of preposterousness set in the South Seas with beautiful Technicolor scenery. Linda Darnell, incredibly lovely, does what she can with the lackluster script. This was Tab Hunter's first film, he was discovered working on a ranch and had no prior experience acting and it definitely shows but he tries and looks great even saddled with the unfortunate nickname Chicken. He tells some interesting stories about the making of the film in his autobiography and Linda's kindness to him as a raw beginner, the book is worth checking out if you have the chance. The movie is fine for a rainy Saturday morning just don't expect art.


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