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On an Island with You (1948)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 May 1948 (USA)
While shooting on location in the South Pacific, a movie star is pursued by a handsome Naval officer who is convinced she is the girl for him.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screen play), Dorothy Cooper (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Esther Williams ... Rosalind Rennolds
Peter Lawford ... Lt. Lawrence Y. Kingslee
Ricardo Montalban ... Ricardo Montez
Jimmy Durante ... Buckley
Cyd Charisse ... Yvonne Torro
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
Xavier Cugat ... Xavier Cugat
Leon Ames ... Commander Harrison
Kathryn Beaumont ... Penelope Peabody
Dick Simmons ... George Blaine
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Storyline

A young navy lieutenant is brought in as techninical adviser on a song-dance-and-swim film being made by screen star Rosalind Reynolds. Having once done a number with her - and been kissed at the end - at a Forces show, the young lad somehow believes she should be his girl. Her boyfriend - and fellow co-star - is just one of those disagreeing. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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THERE'S MUSIC! THERE'S DANCING! THERE'S ROMANCE! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf einer Insel mit Dir See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cyd Charisse completed the bulk of this film (most impressively in two romantic dance duets with Ricardo Montalban), then broke her leg during the filming of the big ceremonial dance, where the corps de ballet is in island native makeup. A double completed her scenes (shot at full length), but the injury kept her out of her next scheduled film, Easter Parade (1948). That role, which would've advanced her to fourth billing, went to Ann Miller, making her MGM debut. See more »

Goofs

When the plane is landing on the island, at touchdown you can clearly see that no passenger is in the back seat, but in the next shot the plane is coasting to a stop and Rosalind is in the back seat. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Lawrence Y. Kingslee: Put your arms around my neck.
Rosalind Reynolds: If I put my arms around your neck I'd choke you!
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Soundtracks

The Beauty Hula
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Johnny Noble and John Kameaaloha Almeida
Performed by the band and dancers when Buckley and Kingslee first arrive at the Hawaiian club
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Very forgettable
2 January 2003 | by jaykay-10See all my reviews

One doesn't come to this type of picture with high expectations, but many such films rely on familiar story elements, star turns, colorful settings and lively music to deliver pleasant, unchallenging entertainment that will satisfy an audience. No studio did this better than MGM.

But something went wrong this time around. Maybe it was having four screenwriters contributing to a dull, contrived story. Maybe it was making a musical in which the leading lady is neither a singer nor a dancer, in which one of the male leads also neither sings nor dances, in which the other leading man dances but does not sing, and in which none of the foregoing trio has the slightest flair for comedy. What to do? Give Jimmy Durante a couple of night club scenes in which he can do some familiar turns (which he has done far better elsewhere), fill some time with Cugat's orchestra, have some "native" dancers cavort at a festival. You get the idea. Even Esther's wet scenes don't compare favorably with those in most of her other films. And Peter Lawford, a firmly-established would-be leading man without a shred of discernible talent? His character here, supposedly infatuated and preoccupied, becomes thoroughly distasteful, so much so that his romantic reconciliation with Esther becomes impossible to accept.

Any redeeming qualities in this picture? You bet. Cyd Charisse (whose role, like Durante's, has nothing to do with the plot) is featured in two dance routines with Ricardo Montalban. He is surprisingly good, and she is unsurprisingly great. Perhaps one of those four screenwriters suggested that since they were making a musical without any leading players who could sing, they had better use at least somebody who could claim to be a dancer. Good thinking, MGM. You made the right choice. As for the rest...the sooner forgotten, the better.


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