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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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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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Excitement -- Throbbing love under a tropic moon -- then the typhoon hits with sudden savagery! See more »

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Adventure | Romance | War

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4 August 1952 (USA)  »

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Island of Desire  »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Fire Island Fever (1979) See more »

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weak sentimental story panned by critics
3 March 2001 | by ((Morecambe, England)) – See all my reviews

BBC radio actor Donald Gray was selected to play one of the leads as a Pilot Officer and the story was manipulated around the actor only having one arm having lost it in combat in the War. The story concerned Linda Darnell playing a Canadian Nurse to Tab Hunter playing a US Marine who are stranded during wartime on a Desert Island. A romance develops between the two until Gray is shot down over the Island and Darnell uses her nursing skills to save him. A triangle developes there is a film fight described by Director Henry Hathaway " he intended to make cinema history by staging the toughest and most earthy battle between two love struck beasts for a woman that had ever been filmed.

Hunter and Gray took all day to rehearse clout by clout and fall by fall. It came out very hammy with both actors bruised. It was most unlikely a 19 year old ex Life Guard losing to a 37 year old Gray supposedly recently having had his arm amputated. In the end Darnell chooses Gray but only thing about film described as any good was Darnell appearing sultry dressed in rags revealing more flesh than the censor would then have considered decent. The filming set in Jamaica won prizes and Gray's acting was praised. Otherwise it was a flop but did raise money for limbless ex servicemans association. Gray commented that cast were in a 5 star hotel with all expenses paid with warm twilights soft calypso music and the unbelievable beauty of caribbean beaches. Palms waved, frogs whistled and dressing for dinner in a white tuxedo. Gray was rather sad when weather broke and film completed in Elstree Studios. Gray went on to become a Newsreader and then Mark Saber whereas Darnell and Hunter made a name for themselves in Westerns. Unfortunately film shot in technicolour is now sadly not available on video but though dire outdoor locations were breathtaking.


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