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On an Island with You (1948)

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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 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

This film was first telecast in Hartford CT Wednesday 9 January 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18); it first aired in Seattle 30 January 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Phoenix 8 February 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Norfolk VA 6 March 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Honolulu 6 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Altoona PA 9 September 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia 21 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 5 October 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), and, finally, in New York City 8 May 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles 15 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in San Francisco 16 January 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

Goofs

Buckley stops in the island 'jungle' to look at a Toucan, but the island is supposedly in the South Pacific and Toucans are only found in the rain forests of South and Central America. 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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Soundtracks

The Dog Song
(1948) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Performed by Xavier Cugat and Betty Reilly accompanied 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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