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Island of Desire (1952)

Saturday Island (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Romance, War | 4 August 1952 (USA)
In 1943, an Allied hospital-ship is sunk by the Japanese in the South-Pacific where a nurse and a Marine become marooned on an island abandoned by natives.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Stuart Heisler (screen story), Hugh Brooke (from the novel "Saturday Island" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Darnell ... Lt. Elizabeth Smythe
Tab Hunter ... Marine Corporal Michael J. 'Chicken' Dugan
Donald Gray Donald Gray ... William Peck
John Laurie ... Grimshaw
Sheila Chong Sheila Chong ... Tukua
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Dr. Snyder
MacDonald Parke MacDonald Parke ... Ship's Captain
Michael Newell Michael Newell ... Eddie
Lloyd Lamble ... Officer of the Watch
Peter Butterworth ... Wounded Marine
Harold Ayer ... Marine Sergeant
Diana Decker Diana Decker ... Nurse
Hilda Fenemore Hilda Fenemore ... Nurse
Joan Benham ... Nurse
Brenda Hogan Brenda Hogan ... Nurse
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Storyline

Based on and screenplay adapted from a Hugh Brooke story that appeared in "The Saturday Evening Post" and was not a novel: Lieutenant Elizabeth Smythe, a U.S. Military hospital-ship nurse, and Marine Corporal Michael J. "Chicken" Dolan, are the only survivors when a hospital ship hits a mine in the South Pacific during World War II. The two spend months alone on a deserted island and, in spite of the age-difference, fall in love...and for other obvious reasons. Their peaceful existence is shattered when an airplane crashes on the island and the only survivor, William Peck, also falls for Elizabeth. Back in civilization, after being rescued by a passing Navy-ship, they all see each other in a different light and have different reactions than expected. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Excitement -- Throbbing love under a tropic moon -- then the typhoon hits with sudden savagery! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Island of Desire See more »

Filming Locations:

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Coronado Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The July 22, 1952 edition of The New York Times noted that this film would make its local debut at Lowe's Metropolitan Theatre in Brooklyn on Wednesday, July 30. However, the newspaper did not send a reviewer on opening day. See more »

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Although they are supposed to be on a desert island. when they are standing on the hillside overlooking the sea, there are clearly huts on the promontory below them. See more »

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Referenced in Fire Island Fever (1979) See more »

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Boola Goon
12 March 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Ridiculous story about a never consummated romance between astonishingly handsome blond teen marine and awesomely gorgeous older woman stranded on a desert island...only to be all heartbroken when she prefers the stodgy pencilmoustached one armed older Pilot who drops from the sky..... this technicolour tease should almost be the BLUE LAGOON of 1952. The idea that she just did not have this peachy hunk's loincloth ripped away within their first half hour alone together defies credibility. There are scenes as revealing as Christopher Atkins romping about in 1980, and incredulously, they remain physically apart for the duration of this hammy but spunky film. Tab Hunter is blindingly handsome and Linda Darnell is every bit as lustworthy as Jane Russell. Astonishingly, in or out of the cheesecloth nappy he half wears, and through her designer rags, somehow they forget to just spend 24-7 licking each other senseless. Visually it is all swoon-worthy but every ten minutes the viewer erupts from a staring stupor to screech "Oh! Come on!" at the screen.


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