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Island of Love (1963)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 October 1963 (Finland)
A con man (Robert Preston) enlists a drunk writer (Tony Randall) to write a fictitious screen play to be funded by a rich but unethical mobster producer. The plot is the story of Adam and ... See full summary »

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Mama Harakas (as Miranda Murat)
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A con man (Robert Preston) enlists a drunk writer (Tony Randall) to write a fictitious screen play to be funded by a rich but unethical mobster producer. The plot is the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis in the Bible. The plot is to defraud the mobster of his bankroll. Written by thomevans

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Betty Bruce, who plays Cha Cha had scored a hit the year earlier as Tessie Tura in Gypsy (1962). See more »

Quotes

Paul Ferris: No, I tell you, it was the same dream. I was sitting in the middle of the railroad tracks, and these two freight trains are coming at me from either side.
Andy: Kid, you always been so hysterical?
Paul Ferris: Only for the past 15 years. Before that I was gay and carefree, I was...
Andy: [cutting him off] Yes, yes, yes... Well, I tell you. Usually booze is the only treatment for that. Only now, I think you need a cure for the treatment.
Andy: [continues] I tell you what *I* do when I get bugged. I close my eyes, and I try to ...
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References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

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Speak Not A Word
Music by Harold Adamson
Lyrics by Sammy Fain
Performed by Yacoubian & Company
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It's all Greek to me
1 October 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Island Of Love gives Robert Preston a chance to do a variation on his most famous role of Professor Harold Hill. He's not quite as lovable as he was in The Music Man as he seeks to exploit an island that he was on in World War II as the Greek Island Of Love. This brainstorm of an idea comes from reading an archaeological book on said island while on an ocean voyage with his partner Tony Randall.

Preston and Randall aren't on a sea cruise by choice. They're looking to get away from Walter Matthau and his goons for blowing a couple of million dollars of Matthau's money in a vain attempt to make Matthau's bimbo of a girl friend a star. She's played by Betty Bruce and she's really the best one in the film, she reminds one of Jean Hagen in Singing In The Rain only this Lina Lamont is not about to ascend to the firmament.

Matthau was given a lisp here and I'm not sure why. It really does sound like he's making fun of people with a speech impediment.

It all ends well for all although God knows there's no reason it should have. The Greek scenic location photography looks wonderful and it's the main reason you should see this film. I'm sure the cast was grateful for the paid vacation here.


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