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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 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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Dual Combination of Love and Desire! 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, 31 December 1952
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Coronado Productions See more »
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Runtime:

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 »

Goofs

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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Tab Hunter has a Desert Island Desire for Linda Darnell
30 October 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Handsome blond Tab Hunter (as Michael "Mike" Dugan) and desirably beautiful nurse Linda Darnell (as Elizabeth "Lizzie" Smythe) are shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean during a World War II bombing. They bicker about his being too boyish a "pride of the Marines," and which of the two is top commander. She's a lieutenant. He's a corporal, but pulls rank as the duo's captain. They find a skeleton on "Saturday Island" (known in the US as "Island of Desire") and read the diary of "Grimshaw"…

In a flashback to 1930, John Laurie (as Grimshaw) loses native lover Sheila Chong (as Tukua) and is attacked by a sea serpent…

Back in the present, Mr. Hunter finds himself increasingly aroused by his island mate, but Ms. Darnell plays very hard to get. She calls herself an "old maid," but still looks mighty attractive. Hunter is a young Adonis. As soon as things heat up for the couple, a plane crash lands British pilot Donald Gray (as William "Bill" Peck) on the island. He loses his left arm to the crash, but his heart to Darnell. This is more interesting as a story about loyalty than it is about sex, but it's too awkwardly played.

**** Saturday Island (3/14/52) Stuart Heisler ~ Tab Hunter, Linda Darnell, Donald Gray, John Laurie


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