On an Island with You (1948)

107 or 109 mins | Musical comedy | 24 June 1948

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HISTORY

An Oct 1946 HR news item indicates that writer Charles Martin was originally considered to direct the film, and that Van Johnson was first considered to star opposite Esther Williams. According to HR news items, some filming took place on location near Key Biscayne, FL, and may have taken place in Sunrise near ... More Less

An Oct 1946 HR news item indicates that writer Charles Martin was originally considered to direct the film, and that Van Johnson was first considered to star opposite Esther Williams. According to HR news items, some filming took place on location near Key Biscayne, FL, and may have taken place in Sunrise near Miami. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1 May 1948.
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Daily Variety
27 Apr 48
p. 3, 11
Film Daily
3 May 48
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Oct 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 May 47
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 47
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Aug 47
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 48
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Apr 48
p. 4139.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 May 48
p. 4145.
New York Times
30 Jul 48
p. 13.
Variety
28 Apr 48
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
From an orig story by
From an orig story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
DANCE
Dances and water ballets created by
MAKEUP
Hair styles des by
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
Assoc
SOURCES
SONGS
"On an Island with You," "The Dog Song," "Takin' Miss Mary to the Ball," music by Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics by Edward Heyman
"I Can't Get Along Without Broadway," music and lyrics by Jimmy Durante, Nacio Herb Brown and Edward Heyman
"I'll Do the Strut-Away (In my Cutaway)," music and lyrics by Harry Donnelly, Jimmy Durante and Irving Caesar
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SONGS
"On an Island with You," "The Dog Song," "Takin' Miss Mary to the Ball," music by Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics by Edward Heyman
"I Can't Get Along Without Broadway," music and lyrics by Jimmy Durante, Nacio Herb Brown and Edward Heyman
"I'll Do the Strut-Away (In my Cutaway)," music and lyrics by Harry Donnelly, Jimmy Durante and Irving Caesar
"You Gotta Start Off Each Day with a Song," music and lyrics by Jimmy Durante
"El cumbanchero," music and lyrics by Rafael Hernandes.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
24 June 1948
Production Date:
1 June--early September 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 April 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1581
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
107 or 109
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12672
SYNOPSIS

On the tropical island set of a Hollywood film, leading actor Ricardo Montez is portraying the part of a Navy man in love with a Polynesian native, played by his co-star and real life fiancée, Rosalind Rennolds. Also working on the film is Lawrence Y. Kingslee, a Navy lieutenant hired to advise director George Blaine on the film's authenticity. One day, during the filming of an important scene between Rosalind and Ricardo, Larry interrupts the shooting to complain that Ricardo is not showing enough passion. When George invites Larry to step in and demonstrate how he would play the scene, Larry ignores the script and plants a real kiss on Rosalind's lips. Later that night, at the Royal Aloha hotel, the cast and crew members attend a nightclub dance hosted by Xavier Cugat and his orchestra. Larry, determined to steal Rosalind away from Ricardo, asks her to dance with him, but she rejects him hoping to discourage him from committing any future improprieties on the set. While Larry continues his romantic pursuit of Rosalind, Yvonne Torro, a featured actress in the film, takes a romantic interest in Ricardo. Buckley tries to persuade Larry to woo Yvonne instead of Rosalind, but Larry refuses and tells Buckley that he has been obsessed with Rosalind ever since she performed for the troops at his base three years earlier. The next day, Larry is assigned to circle the set once in an airplane with Rosalind on board, but he ignores George's instructions and flies the plane away from the set. After landing the airplane on the real tropical island where he first met Rosalind, Larry demands that she dance with him ... +


On the tropical island set of a Hollywood film, leading actor Ricardo Montez is portraying the part of a Navy man in love with a Polynesian native, played by his co-star and real life fiancée, Rosalind Rennolds. Also working on the film is Lawrence Y. Kingslee, a Navy lieutenant hired to advise director George Blaine on the film's authenticity. One day, during the filming of an important scene between Rosalind and Ricardo, Larry interrupts the shooting to complain that Ricardo is not showing enough passion. When George invites Larry to step in and demonstrate how he would play the scene, Larry ignores the script and plants a real kiss on Rosalind's lips. Later that night, at the Royal Aloha hotel, the cast and crew members attend a nightclub dance hosted by Xavier Cugat and his orchestra. Larry, determined to steal Rosalind away from Ricardo, asks her to dance with him, but she rejects him hoping to discourage him from committing any future improprieties on the set. While Larry continues his romantic pursuit of Rosalind, Yvonne Torro, a featured actress in the film, takes a romantic interest in Ricardo. Buckley tries to persuade Larry to woo Yvonne instead of Rosalind, but Larry refuses and tells Buckley that he has been obsessed with Rosalind ever since she performed for the troops at his base three years earlier. The next day, Larry is assigned to circle the set once in an airplane with Rosalind on board, but he ignores George's instructions and flies the plane away from the set. After landing the airplane on the real tropical island where he first met Rosalind, Larry demands that she dance with him before he returns her to the set. Rosalind agrees to the dance but insists that any gestures of affection she may have shown him in the past were merely meant to keep up soldier morale during the war. Rosalind offers to kiss him to prove that she feels no emotion for him, but the kiss reveals an attraction for Larry that she cannot hide. When Larry and Rosalind return to the airplane, they discover that the wheels and other parts have been stolen by some of the islanders. The two set out in search of the natives' jungle village but become separated along the way. While Larry reaches the village, Rosalind is rescued by Ricardo and the search party he formed. Buckley, who has set out to find Larry, is captured by the cannibalistic natives but is saved by Larry, who has befriended the natives. Larry is later fired from the picture and returned to his base, where he is called into his commander's office and told that he faces a court-martial for improper conduct. Rosalind tries to save Larry by telling the commander that she encouraged Larry to take her to the island and that his conduct was gentlemanly, but Larry misjudges Rosalind's motives and insists on pleading guilty. Ricardo, meanwhile, becomes estranged from his fiancée and enters into a romance with Yvonne. Larry eventually apologizes to Rosalind for his quick judgment, and after she pushes him into a pool, they seal their love with a kiss. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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