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Isle of Destiny (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 8 March 1940 (USA)
Society glamor girl/aviatrix Virginia Allerton decides to alter her around-the-world flight by stopping off on the Pacific isle of Palo Pango where her brother, Lieutenant Allerton is ... See full summary »


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Allan Vaughan Elston (original story) (as Allan Vaughn Elston), Arthur Hoerl (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
William Gargan ... 'Stripes' Thornton
Wallace Ford ... Millard 'Milly' Barnes
June Lang ... Virginia Allerton
Gilbert Roland ... Oliver Barton
Etienne Girardot ... 'Doc' Spriggs
Katherine DeMille ... Inda Barton
Grant Richards ... Lt. Geroge Allerton
Tom Dugan ... Sgt. Reikker
Harry Woods ... Capt. Lawson
Ted Osborne Ted Osborne ... Max Raft
The Sportsmen Quartet The Sportsmen Quartet ... Singing Marines
Thurl Ravenscroft Thurl Ravenscroft ... Sportsman Quartet Member
John Rarig John Rarig ... Sportsman Quartet Member
Bill Days Bill Days ... Sportsman Quartet Member (as Bill Days)
Maxwell Smith Maxwell Smith ... Sportsman Quartet Member


Society glamor girl/aviatrix Virginia Allerton decides to alter her around-the-world flight by stopping off on the Pacific isle of Palo Pango where her brother, Lieutenant Allerton is stationed with a detachment of U.S. Marines, including "Stripes" Thornton and "Milly" Barnes. Local smuggler Barton baits her into a trap using her plane for his gun-smuggling racket and she ends up wrecked on another island. Thornton, as a stowaway on Barton's gun-smuggling plane, and Barnes, by water in a stolen speed boat, rush to her rescue. Inda, the jealous native wife of Barton, with a penchant for dispatching people with poison darts from a blow gun, does her best to do the same for Virginia. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

8 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha do Destino See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Cosmocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Completed in 1939, but not released until 1940. See more »


U.S. Marines are referred to as soldiers See more »


Moonlight Magic
Melody by Irving Bibo
Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
Sung by The Sportsmen Quartet (uncredited)
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28 December 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Despite all the exciting plot elements, "Isle of Destiny" is a rather dull little B-movie. While there is an aviatrix making a round the world trip and gun runners, the story never really created a lot of excitement.

When the story begins, a famous aviatrix, Virginia Atherton (June Lang) and her co-pilot are on a round-the-world flight. However, they seem in no particular hurry and they stop to visit her brother in the US Marines stationed at Palo Pango in the South Pacific. There they meet up with some folks who seem okay but who are actually gun runners intent on stealing the airplane. When they do, it's up to her new friends in the military and her brother to come to the rescue.

Like many movies of the day, this one features William Gargan and Wallace Ford...two veterans of dozens and dozens of Bs. They and the rest of the cast do reasonably well, but Katherine DeMille (daughter of the famous director) comes off rather poorly as she's painted up to look like a native but who looks about as Polynesian as Mantan Moreland.

As for the plot, well, it didn't really make a lot of sense and Catalina Island (off the California coast) didn't exactly look like Polynesia.The thrilling showdown, also, was a disappointment--and it was annoying to see the cliche of the lady in distress who does NOTHING to help when the men are fighting to the death! I say she either helps or you should just leave her! Overall, slow going and a bit silly...but still watchable....not that this is a glowing endorsement.

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