Evan and Tina want to live their lives differently. They go to live on an island. Tina's mother is concerned about her daughter's future. There is smuggling going on on the island. Written by
Our Virgin Island has nice supporting turns by Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee
Continuing to write reviews of people of color in film in chronological order for Black History Month, we're now at 1958 with the second movie in a row from the previous year that featured Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and John Cassavetes, all having appeared in Edge of the City before this one. Joining them here is British actress Virginia Maskell. The story mainly concerns Ms. Maskell and Cassavetes as Tina and Evan, respectively, as they decide to reside on a part of the British Virgin Islands they want to own. But they have some legal problems coming up...Despite what I just described, this was a mostly a romantically entertaining look at how island life make people feel happy most of the time as evidenced by Poitier's mostly happy-go-character of Marcus. Why, not once does he get angry or look somber throughout! We do, however, see him work hard at anything he feels needs fixing and not lazing around like a Stepin Fetchit stereotype so that's a definite plus. Plus, while Ms. Dee's part of Ruth is pretty small and she doesn't have too many lines, she radiates good chemistry with Poitier even here which is probably why she eventually was paired with him many times over. Oh, and Viriginia and John as the leads are wondrously appealing through the whole picture. So on that note, Our Virgin Island comes highly recommended. P.S. Among other supporting players of color, besides the extras, are Edric Connor as Captain Jason and Julian Mayfield as a band leader.
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