Bahama Passage (1941)

82 mins | Romance | 1941

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HISTORY

The film opens with this foreword: "This is the story of the people on Dildo Cay, a lonely wind-swept island of salt in the West Indies. Hard and unyielding as the island itself, bound by generations to a ruthless code of duty, and of what happens when into this loneliness and repression swaggers a girl who has been around." The working title of this film was Dildo Cay, which refers to a native West Indies flowering cactus. A HR news item indicates that Frank Partos was signed to work on the script, but his contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. According to information in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library and HR news items, Dorothy Lamour was initially cast in the film, but was replaced by Madeleine Carroll due to scheduling difficulties. Marjorie Main and Fred MacMurray were also considered for lead roles in this film. Other actors scheduled to appear in this film were Anne Grandview and Rona Risotta, a Bahamian dancer; Philip Reed, Eunice May and Charles Breadon were tested for parts. The appearance of these actors in the final film has not been confirmed, however.
       The picture was filmed on location in the Bahamas, both at Salt Cay in the Turks Islands and in Nassau. Information in the Paramount Collection reveals that the film cost $937,649 to produce, of which approximately $220,000 were Technicolor costs and $174,000 were location costs. Although reviewers praised the lavish Technicolor photography, comments about the film as a whole were almost unanimously negative. This film marked actor Stirling Hayden's second feature film, and was the ...

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The film opens with this foreword: "This is the story of the people on Dildo Cay, a lonely wind-swept island of salt in the West Indies. Hard and unyielding as the island itself, bound by generations to a ruthless code of duty, and of what happens when into this loneliness and repression swaggers a girl who has been around." The working title of this film was Dildo Cay, which refers to a native West Indies flowering cactus. A HR news item indicates that Frank Partos was signed to work on the script, but his contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. According to information in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library and HR news items, Dorothy Lamour was initially cast in the film, but was replaced by Madeleine Carroll due to scheduling difficulties. Marjorie Main and Fred MacMurray were also considered for lead roles in this film. Other actors scheduled to appear in this film were Anne Grandview and Rona Risotta, a Bahamian dancer; Philip Reed, Eunice May and Charles Breadon were tested for parts. The appearance of these actors in the final film has not been confirmed, however.
       The picture was filmed on location in the Bahamas, both at Salt Cay in the Turks Islands and in Nassau. Information in the Paramount Collection reveals that the film cost $937,649 to produce, of which approximately $220,000 were Technicolor costs and $174,000 were location costs. Although reviewers praised the lavish Technicolor photography, comments about the film as a whole were almost unanimously negative. This film marked actor Stirling Hayden's second feature film, and was the second picture in which he and his then wife, Madeleine Carroll, appeared together. Because of reported personal conflict with the motion picture industry and trouble with his marriage, the former sailor enlisted in the Army immediately upon finishing his role as "Adrian" and did not return to films until 1947. Hayden and Carroll divorced in 1946.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
13 Dec 1941
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Daily Variety
5 Dec 1941
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Evening Star (Washington, D.C.)
30 Oct 1941
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Film Daily
10 Dec 1941
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jan 1941
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
10 Mar 1941
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 1941
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 1941
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
10 Apr 1941
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 1941
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 1941
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 1941
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 1941
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jul 1941
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 1941
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
8 Dec 1941
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Dec 1941
p. 420
New York Times
19 Feb 1942
p. 23
Variety
10 Dec 1941
p. 8
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir, 2d unit
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
J. E. Williamson
[Photog] Undersea scenes in the Bahamas
1st b&w cam
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Steve Seymour
Int dec
Props
Robert McCrellis
Props
COSTUMES
Cost
Women's ward
Men's ward
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Sd rec
Sd rec
Sd eng
Sd eng
Sd tech
VISUAL EFFECTS
process photog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist [supv]
Makeup artist
Hair supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv, owner of Salt Cay
Asst prod mgr
Richard A. Blaydon
Asst to Nelson
Miami contact
Loc scout
Loc physician
Scr clerk
Head grip
Grip
Head elec
Robert H. Rogers
Asst head elec
Elec
Elec
Generator op
Construction
Painter
COLOR PERSONNEL
Color dir, for the Technicolor Co
Technicolor color dir
1st Technicolor cam
Technicolor asst cam
Technicolor op
Technicolor asst
Sid Zipser
Technicolor tech
Technicolor tech
Technicolor loader
Technicolor maintenance
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Dildo Cay by Nelson Hayes (New York, 1940).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Dildo Cay
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 18 Feb 1942
Production Date:
19 May--14 Aug 1941
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
5 December 1941
LP11043
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
82
Length(in feet):
7,407
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7469
SYNOPSIS

When his father is found dead in a salt pond, having apparently struck his head on a piece of coral, Adrian Ainsworth is forced to hire an outsider to run the family salt reclamation plant on the isolated island of Dildo Cay in the British West Indies. Adrian's mother, who suffers from a weak heart and mental instability, is fearful that her husband was murdered by the local Bahamians who work for them, and her nerves are greatly calmed when Mr. Delbridge and his daughter Carol arrive to take over the running of the business. Adrian, however, resents the intrusion of strangers, especially as Delbridge insists on total control. His resentment is shared by Morales, Adrian's righthand man and friend, and the other islanders. Delbridge also immediately earns the enmity of the islanders when he strikes Morales after he refuses to give Delbridge the key to the house out of loyalty to the Ainsworths. Carol, a flirtatious sophisticate, is immediately attracted to the blonde and tanned Adrian, but is unaware that he is married because his wife resides in Spanish Harbour. A friendship between Carol and Adrian blossoms only after she learns this truth and Adrian learns that his business is in financial crisis. When Adrian gets a letter that his wife Mary is ill, he goes to Spanish Harbour, accompanied by Carol, who has business there, and discovers Mary in the midst of a love affair. Mary announces her intention to divorce him and insists that living on the barren Dildo Cay is destructive to the emotional well-being of any woman. Influenced by Mrs. Ainsworth's fear of the islanders, who are singing and chanting, ...

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When his father is found dead in a salt pond, having apparently struck his head on a piece of coral, Adrian Ainsworth is forced to hire an outsider to run the family salt reclamation plant on the isolated island of Dildo Cay in the British West Indies. Adrian's mother, who suffers from a weak heart and mental instability, is fearful that her husband was murdered by the local Bahamians who work for them, and her nerves are greatly calmed when Mr. Delbridge and his daughter Carol arrive to take over the running of the business. Adrian, however, resents the intrusion of strangers, especially as Delbridge insists on total control. His resentment is shared by Morales, Adrian's righthand man and friend, and the other islanders. Delbridge also immediately earns the enmity of the islanders when he strikes Morales after he refuses to give Delbridge the key to the house out of loyalty to the Ainsworths. Carol, a flirtatious sophisticate, is immediately attracted to the blonde and tanned Adrian, but is unaware that he is married because his wife resides in Spanish Harbour. A friendship between Carol and Adrian blossoms only after she learns this truth and Adrian learns that his business is in financial crisis. When Adrian gets a letter that his wife Mary is ill, he goes to Spanish Harbour, accompanied by Carol, who has business there, and discovers Mary in the midst of a love affair. Mary announces her intention to divorce him and insists that living on the barren Dildo Cay is destructive to the emotional well-being of any woman. Influenced by Mrs. Ainsworth's fear of the islanders, who are singing and chanting, Delbridge goes out into the night and fires upon the gathering. Mrs. Ainsworth suffers a fatal heart attack, and upon his return, Adrian learns that she has died and that Delbridge killed an innocent young boy. The islanders kidnap Delbridge and plan to take him to the local police, while Adrian and Carol are left helpless on Dildo Cay. Freed from any previous restrictions, Adrian and Carol fall in love and dream of their future life together. Morales, meanwhile, returns with the islanders and reveals that Delbridge, in fear for his life, jumped overboard before they got to the authorities and is presumed dead. Adrian, fearful that Carol will become like his mother and Mary, refuses to allow her to remain at Dildo Cay and forcibly takes her to Spanish Harbour. There his friend, Captain Jack Risingwell, advises Adrian that it was a lack of love and not Dildo Cay that was destructive to his family. On his return sail to Dildo Cay, Adrian happily discovers that Carol has stowed away in his boat.

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