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Island in the Sky (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 1 April 1938 (USA)
A secretary solves a murder for her boyfriend in the District Attorney's office. Black and White.

Director:

Herbert I. Leeds

Writers:

Frances Hyland (screen play), Albert Ray (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gloria Stuart ... Julie Hayes
Michael Whalen ... Michael Fraser
Paul Kelly ... Johnny Doyle
Robert Kellard ... Peter Vincent
June Storey ... Lucy Rhodes
Paul Hurst ... Happy
Leon Ames ... Marty Butler
Willard Robertson ... Walter Rhodes
George Humbert George Humbert ... Trompas
Aggie Herring Aggie Herring ... Mrs. O'Shea
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Inspector Whitehead
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Storyline

A secretary solves a murder for her boyfriend in the District Attorney's office. Black and White.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Segredo do Forçado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

At the end, some men run into the Island In The Sky elevator and the door quickly slams shut before the chasers can stop it. Elevator doors never slam shut, they close rather slowly. See more »

Soundtracks

Living on the Town
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Performed by Gloria Roy
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murder mystery with good cast
1 May 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The face is 59-years younger, but it's impossible not to recognize Titanic's Gloria Stuart - those huge, beautiful blue eyes are unmistakable. Stuart stars here in "Island in the Sky," a 1938 film also starring Michael Whelan, Paul Kelly, Paul Hurst, and Leon Ames. Stuart plays the secretary-fiancé of the D.A. (Whelan), and she's upset over the recent guilty verdict of a young man (Robert Kellard), who's set to get the chair. She decides to look into his case herself, not only to help him, but his agonized fiancé.

Director Leeds keeps this film going at a good pace, and it's a involving mystery with good acting and some nice comic moments.

This was probably a B film, given its length, and though Universal and 20th Century Fox promised Stuart big things, neither studio came through. It's a shame because Stuart is very likable here, as well as pretty and glamorous. The actress turned to the stage and retired in the 1940s, becoming an artist. She returned to acting in the 1980s. Then in 1997 came Titanic and an Oscar nomination. It's fun to see the young Stuart, who turns 100 this year, and it's great that TCM shows her earlier films from time to time.


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