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Island of Desire (1952)
"Saturday Island" (original title)

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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, first billed only:
Lt. Elizabeth Smythe
Marine Corporal Michael J. 'Chicken' Dugan
Donald Gray ...
William Peck
Sheila Chong ...
Russell Waters ...
Dr. Snyder
MacDonald Parke ...
Ship's Captain
Michael Newell ...
Lloyd Lamble ...
Officer of the Watch
Peter Butterworth ...
Wounded Marine
Harold Ayer ...
Marine Sergeant
Diana Decker ...
Hilda Fenemore ...
Joan Benham ...
Brenda Hogan ...


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

4 August 1952 (USA)  »

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Island of Desire  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Referenced in Fire Island Fever (1979) See more »

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Hot for 1952
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I remembered this films ads. I must have been 10 or 12. It was Linda Darnell & Tab Hunter (a new Hollywood discovery) standing near naked on an island. Well I wanted to see it. I didn't. Years later I finally acquired a VCR tape. It was enjoyable. Great acting. Hardly. The script was all but ridiculous, and no actor could make it into a Shakespearean TEMPEST. They don't try.It does look as tho the actors were having a good time though. This was the movie that made Tab Hunter a star. Linda Darnel was a beauty. And for 1952, this was a hot rendition of look but barely touch. Wonder what the Legion of Decency thought of this film back then?

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