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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, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
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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
Hilda Fenemore ...
Ollie
Brenda Hogan ...
Jane
Diana Decker ...
Mike
Peggy Hassard ...
Maggie
Michael Newell ...
Eddie
Lloyd Lamble ...
Officer of the Watch
Peter Butterworth ...
Wounded Marine
Harold Ayer ...
Marine Sergeant
MacDonald Parke ...
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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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4 August 1952 (USA)  »

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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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Referenced in Fire Island Fever (1979) See more »

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Saturday Island
1 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when it came out in 1952 and for years have looked for it for my collection. It is sad that Hollywood has not tried to save this film and others like it. Tab Hunter was exciting to young women at that time because he was young and had a great body. Ms. Darnell was a sexy nurse that Tab (a young U. S. Marine) saves after their ship is torpedoed by the Japanese. They make it to a lush tropical island where a budding romance begins. The scenes are beautiful and so are the suggestive scenes of their attraction for each other. Their romance is interrupted when Mr. Laurie crashes his plane in the water off their island and is rescued by Tab. Darnell and Laurie are closer in age and their love grows. I loved this movie and hope that someday technology will allow the distribution on DVD this film.


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