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Island of Love (1963)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 October 1963 (Finland)
A con man named Steve Blair (Robert Preston), enlists an out-of-work, drunk writer Paul Ferris (Tony Randall) to write a fictitious screenplay he hopes will be funded by a rich, but ... See full summary »


Morton DaCosta


David R. Schwartz (screenplay), Leo Katcher (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Preston ... Steve Blair
Tony Randall ... Paul Ferris
Giorgia Moll ... Elena Harakas (as Georgia Moll)
Walter Matthau ... Tony Dallas
Betty Bruce Betty Bruce ... Cha Cha Miller
Vassili Lambrinos Vassili Lambrinos ... Gregor Pappas
Michael Constantine ... Andy
Oliver Johnston ... Prof. Krumwitz
Titos Vandis ... Father Anaxagoras
Miranta Myrat ... Mama Harakas (as Miranda Murat)
Lewis Charles ... Louie
Peter Mamakos ... Nick


A con man named Steve Blair (Robert Preston), enlists an out-of-work, drunk writer Paul Ferris (Tony Randall) to write a fictitious screenplay he hopes will be funded by a rich, but unethical producer (who also happens to be a mobster) named Tony Dallas (Walter Matthau). As if that's not enough, Blair then plans to scam the money from Dallas, all with the beauty of a gorgeous Greek isle. Written by thomevans

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English | Greek

Release Date:

25 October 1963 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Not on Your Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Belgrave See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Betty Bruce, who plays Cha Cha had scored a hit the year earlier as Tessie Tura in Gypsy (1962). See more »


Ancient works of art lost in the sea would be buried, not laying pristine on the floor of the sea bed. An archaeologist would have immediately recognized the artifacts were fake. See more »


Steve Blair: Tony, I think I ought to tell you about a rule that I have.
Tony Dallas: What rule?
Steve Blair: I never do business with relatives. So long, uncle...
[leaves with Elena - Tony's niece]
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References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »


Speak Not A Word
Music by Harold Adamson
Lyrics by Sammy Fain
Performed by Yacoubian & Company
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29 June 2003 | by maljamSee all my reviews

My interest in this film is based upon some expatriate Australians living on Hydra at the time this film was made in 1962. Writer George Johnston, his wife, writer Charmain Clift, and their children Martin, Shane and Jason, spent c.10 years living on the Greek island of Hydra as writers. (Johnston began his novel "My Brother Jack" not long after this time). In fact, the children were paid extras in one scene filmed on Hydra. According to Nadia Wheatley's biography, "The Life and Myth of Charmain Clift" (Flamingo, Sydney 2001, pp.420 & note), "a glimpse is sometimes to be had of a stylish woman in a large-brimmed hat, sitting at a harbour cafe. She is Charmain, acting herself" (pp.699). "In the 'Island of Love' film, Shane and Martin can be seen running down a cobbled lane, followed by Jason and his little friend Ellenitza" (p.699). Much to my misfortune, I have never seen this film, and it appears it is no longer available on video or dvd or in any format! Argh! As I said, my main interest in the film as a whole is a very minor one, yet I'd still love to see where these people lives during a critical time in their lives.

Maljam - Australia; June 2003.

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