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Release Date:
27 August 1957 (West Germany) See more »
The place is the West Indies . . . the sun hides many things.
Set on a fictitious island in the Carribean during colonial British rule, it focuses on the life of... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Mason ... Maxwell Fleury

Joan Fontaine ... Mavis Norman

Dorothy Dandridge ... Margot Seaton

Joan Collins ... Jocelyn Fleury

Michael Rennie ... Hilary Carson

Harry Belafonte ... David Boyeur
Diana Wynyard ... Mrs. Fleury

John Williams ... Colonel Whittingham

Stephen Boyd ... Euan Templeton
Patricia Owens ... Sylvia Fleury
Basil Sydney ... Julian Fleury
John Justin ... Denis Archer
Ronald Squire ... Governor Templeton
Hartley Power ... Bradshaw
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Upton ... Colonel's Secretary

Directed by
Robert Rossen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alfred Hayes 
Alec Waugh  novel

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young 
Film Editing by
Reginald Beck 
Production Design by
John DeCuir 
Art Direction by
John DeCuir  (as John de Cuir)
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
David Ffolkes 
Makeup Department
David Aylott .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerry O'Hara .... assistant director
Douglas Twiddy .... second assistant director
Michael Birkett .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Graysmark .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Hickey .... sound
J.B. Smith .... sound
Gerry Turner .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Walker .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Bert Bates .... additional editing (uncredited)
Music Department
Malcolm Arnold .... conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .... music played by
Other crew
Maggie Unsworth .... script supervisor (as Margaret Sibley)

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119 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:X | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) (video rating) (1998) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | West Germany:16
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In August 1957, this film was being being shown on a double bill with Monkey on My Back (1957).See more »
Mavis Norman:Does it make any difference, having an aim in life?See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Red Shoes (1948)See more »
Mama Look a Boo BooSee more »


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A 50s gem, 27 June 2010
Author: Ken Adlam ( from Philly, PA, United States

OK, so it's not a masterpiece but when I saw it listed on Retroplex the other day, I couldn't wait to see it again. Oh, the drama, oh, the intertwined relationships. How fitting that this came out the same year as "Peyton Place", considered the mother of all soap operas. Yes, it had its sappy moments and its overacting; but what a pleasure to see it again. I see it's out on DVD in all its wide-screen glory...i may have to buy this one as a definite "guilty pleasure". An interesting aside is the pairing of Joan Collins and Stephen Boyd (before his outstanding performance as Messala in Ben-Hur) and the information that they were being considered for 1963's "Cleopatra"--she in Liz Taylor's role as Cleopatra, he in Richard Burton's role as Marc Anthony. Could've changed the whole of cinematic history...something to ponder.

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