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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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Romance that will thrill you! 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

In an interview on TCM, Cyd Charisse stated that she neglected to warm up one day on set due to being late. Jumping from one level to another and on the third level she felt one of her knees completely rip and tear all the ligaments. See more »

Goofs

"Chita" the Chihuahua that Xavier Cugat gives to Jimmy is said to be a female dog but at frame 1:31:19 the dog's appendage can clearly be seen, proving it was a male dog. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Lawrence Y. Kingslee: Rosalind don't you think it's about time you quit being an actress and start being a woman!
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Nightingale
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Xavier Cugat and George Rosner
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
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Is obsession romantic?
31 August 2004 | by robertmarburgerSee all my reviews

As an Esther Williams fan -- read fanatic -- since I was a pre-adolescent, I have to admit that On an Island with You is one of a few of her films that misfires as entertainment.

Admittedly applying contemporary values to a light 56-year-old film, I can't get around the fact that there's something disturbing about the Peter Lawford character's obsession with, stalking of, and eventual kidnapping of the Williams character. This is romantic? Lawford's wooden acting is part of the problem -- more warmth might have mitigated the creepiness of the character's behavior.

I have read that Lawford disliked Williams and felt, despite his success in Good News, that he'd been forced into an uninteresting, secondary part in a movie that was clearly hers. That would explain the total absence of chemistry between them.

Redeeming elements: the Charisse-Montalban dance numbers and Cugat's music.


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