Adventure Island (1947)

66-67 mins | Adventure | 10 October 1947

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writer:

Maxwell Shane

Cinematographer:

Jack Greenhalgh

Editor:

Howard Smith

Production Designer:

F. Paul Sylos

Production Company:

Metropolitan Productions
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HISTORY

Although this film was shot in color, the viewed print was in black-and-white. Actor Rory Calhoun was borrowed from David O. Selznick's company for the production. Screen credits list Metropolis Productions as the copyright claimant, although Paramount is listed in copyright records. According to a HR news item, close-up shots of actor Rory Calhoun "drew shrill squeals, covering dialogue, from bobby-soxers" so an additional one hundred feet of film was shot, and the dialogue was removed from the close-up shots. Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne's novel was first filmed by Selig in 1915 as Ebb Tide . In 1922, Paramount released the first of its three versions of the novel, a silent feature entitled Ebb Tide , which was directed by George Melford and starred Lila Lee and James Kirkwood (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1512). A 1937 film of the same name was directed by James Hogan and starred Oscar Homolka, Frances Farmer and Ray Milland (see AFI Catalog of Features Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

Although this film was shot in color, the viewed print was in black-and-white. Actor Rory Calhoun was borrowed from David O. Selznick's company for the production. Screen credits list Metropolis Productions as the copyright claimant, although Paramount is listed in copyright records. According to a HR news item, close-up shots of actor Rory Calhoun "drew shrill squeals, covering dialogue, from bobby-soxers" so an additional one hundred feet of film was shot, and the dialogue was removed from the close-up shots. Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne's novel was first filmed by Selig in 1915 as Ebb Tide . In 1922, Paramount released the first of its three versions of the novel, a silent feature entitled Ebb Tide , which was directed by George Melford and starred Lila Lee and James Kirkwood (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1512). A 1937 film of the same name was directed by James Hogan and starred Oscar Homolka, Frances Farmer and Ray Milland (see AFI Catalog of Features Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1178). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 Aug 1947.
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Daily Variety
11-Aug-47
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Film Daily
13 Aug 47
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Sep 46
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Oct 46
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 47
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Aug 47
p. 3.
Los Angeles Examiner
4 Sep 1946.
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New York Times
20 Oct 47
p. 29.
Variety
13 Aug 47
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Pine-Thomas Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
COLOR PERSONNEL
Color supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Ebb Tide: A Trio and Quartette by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne (Chicago, 1894).
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 October 1947
Premiere Information:
World premiere in San Francisco: 27 August 1947
Production Date:
mid September--early October 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 October 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1242
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Cinecolor
Duration(in mins):
66-67
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the late 1800's, Captain Donald Lochlin has had his commission revoked and is serving thirty days on a remote island for sinking his ship while on a drunken binge. Donald befriends Huish, an Englishman who is also serving time, and when they rescue young Mr. Herrick from quicksand, they all become friends. Donald is saved from his sentence when a commissioner gives him captaincy of a ship whose previous captain has died of smallpox. Donald hires Herrick as his first mate and Huish as his steward, and takes over the ship. When he decides to hijack the ship and sell its cargo of champagne in Peru, rather than its destination in Sydney, Australia, Faith Wishart, the former captain's daughter, appears, revealing herself as a stowaway. Donald refuses to stay on course, so Faith, who was devoted to her father, shoots him. Donald is unharmed, and Herrick comforts the shakened woman. One day Huish breaks into the champagne and gets drunk. Ignoring his better instincts, Donald also gets drunk and goes on a twelve-day binge. Herrick is disgusted by his mentor and becomes even more angry when he catches Huish attacking Faith. The hold catches on fire after Herrick and Huish knock over a lamp during their struggle, and Donald puts out the fire and sobers up. Huish continues to drink, but when he breaks into another crate, he discovers that the champagne bottles are filled with water. After discovering a bottle of sulfuric acid in the hold, Donald and Herrick realize that Wishart had been planning to sink the ship for the insurance money. Faith realizes their accusations are true when she recalls that ... +


In the late 1800's, Captain Donald Lochlin has had his commission revoked and is serving thirty days on a remote island for sinking his ship while on a drunken binge. Donald befriends Huish, an Englishman who is also serving time, and when they rescue young Mr. Herrick from quicksand, they all become friends. Donald is saved from his sentence when a commissioner gives him captaincy of a ship whose previous captain has died of smallpox. Donald hires Herrick as his first mate and Huish as his steward, and takes over the ship. When he decides to hijack the ship and sell its cargo of champagne in Peru, rather than its destination in Sydney, Australia, Faith Wishart, the former captain's daughter, appears, revealing herself as a stowaway. Donald refuses to stay on course, so Faith, who was devoted to her father, shoots him. Donald is unharmed, and Herrick comforts the shakened woman. One day Huish breaks into the champagne and gets drunk. Ignoring his better instincts, Donald also gets drunk and goes on a twelve-day binge. Herrick is disgusted by his mentor and becomes even more angry when he catches Huish attacking Faith. The hold catches on fire after Herrick and Huish knock over a lamp during their struggle, and Donald puts out the fire and sobers up. Huish continues to drink, but when he breaks into another crate, he discovers that the champagne bottles are filled with water. After discovering a bottle of sulfuric acid in the hold, Donald and Herrick realize that Wishart had been planning to sink the ship for the insurance money. Faith realizes their accusations are true when she recalls that her father insisted on putting her ashore when he discovered that she had stowed away. Having lost their food supply in the fire, Donald weighs anchor near an uncharted island that is apparently inhabited. Herrick and Huish find evidence of a pearl harvest, and determine that someone is illegally selling the pearls. Their assumption is proved correct when they meet Attwater, a suspicious Englishman whose island workers believe he is a god. Attwater is hospitable, but their dinner is interrupted by an islander named David, who is caught stealing. Attwater orders the man thrown into a venomous snake pit and left to die, shocking the sailors. Huish gets drunk and while alone with Attwater, reveals that he and Donald had planned to rob him. Faith, seeing the British flag from the ship, swims ashore, and asks Attwater for his help, while Huish and Donald return to the ship. The next morning, however, Attwater refuses to give them any food supplies unless Faith stays on with him. Huish and Donald's plans to kill Attwater with acid result in their own deaths. Herrick then shoots Attwater in self-defense, but Attwater is only wounded. When David's brother Joseph sees his supposed god bleeding, he flies into a rage, causing Attwater to stagger backward and fall into the pit of vipers. A riot erupts among the islanders, and Joseph promises to bring food on board ship after Herrick and Faith agree to take him away with them. As they sail away, Joseph gives lovers Faith and Herrick a gift of pearls. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Island, Sea


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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