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Marooned 

The pilot episode that tells the tale of a tiny ship which set off on a three-hour tour but got caught in a storm and crashed on an island. The pilot was filmed in November 1963, and not aired until almost 30 years later.

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The pilot episode that tells the tale of a tiny ship which set off on a three-hour tour but got caught in a storm and crashed on an island. The pilot was filmed in November 1963, and not aired until almost 30 years later.

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16 October 1992 (USA)  »

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This was the original pilot. See more »

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The boat is called the SS Minnow, but "SS" stands for "steam ship". A small boat like the Minnow would be powered by diesel or gas engine. See more »

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Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby: [yelling at the ocean] Now hear this! If there be a man-eating shark out there...
[pointing at Gilligan]
Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby: ... what are you waiting for?
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Edited into Gilligan's Island: Two on a Raft (1964) See more »

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Gilligan's Islands Pilot Theme
Written by Sherwood Schwartz and John Williams
Performed by Wally Boag
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Before Lost (2004) , Before Lost In Space (1965)...
6 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is the un-aired pilot that slowly became available to the world in the 1990s...now on DVD! The story details the series premise about a group of mis-matched Americans being marooned on an island together. Mr and Mrs Howell seem to struggle with island life more than the others.

In this century, the mind bending Lost (2004) TV series is sometimes called a straight version of Gilligan's Island. But I am sure most will agree that Lost (2004) always looks better than Gilligan's Island due mostly to the fact that this new take on island castaways actually films on a real beach and in real jungles. Which adds to the reality element. Gilligan's Island was too studiobound...but hey...it did not begin like that.

Marooned is filmed 100% on location and by the end it, the viewer feels like they have just spent 25 minutes on a lost tropical island in the South Pacific. It must have looked great in 1962 because back then going 100% out on location was a big expensive thing. Remember how the world reacted to the location filmed movie South Pacific (1958)? On top of this, as well as the expected comedy, we get the odd concerned remark from The Skipper about island natives causing problems.

Marooned is a gem and other episodes of this season are still rather cool as well.

Added note: A credited John Williams did the music to Marooned but his music sounds nothing like the music he did for the other castaway series of the 1960s, Lost In Space (1965), in fact, it sounds like nothing Williams has done before.


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