Rhythm of the Islands (1943)

60 mins | Comedy | 16 April 1943

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Isle of Romance . Early HR production charts and news items include Louise Allbritton in the cast, but she was replaced in the role of "Joan Holton" by Jane Frazee. HR production charts and news items also include Samuel S. Hinds in the cast, but his participation in the released film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this film was Isle of Romance . Early HR production charts and news items include Louise Allbritton in the cast, but she was replaced in the role of "Joan Holton" by Jane Frazee. HR production charts and news items also include Samuel S. Hinds in the cast, but his participation in the released film has not been determined. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
13 Mar 1943.
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Daily Variety
5 Mar 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Mar 43
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Nov 42
p. 1, 7
Hollywood Reporter
20 Nov 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Nov 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Mar 43
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Jan 43
p. 1127.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Mar 43
p. 1203.
Variety
10 Mar 43
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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CREDITED AS
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Addl dial
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PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
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SOURCES
SONGS
"Polynesian Prayer," "Bonga Bonga" and "Blue Mist," words and music by Louis Herscher and Andy Iona
"Farewell to Isle of Romance," "Tropic Lullaby" and "Savage Serenade," words and music by Dave Franklin
"I've Set My Mind on You," "Chant of the Tom Tom" and "Manhattan Isle," words and music by Inez James and Buddy Pepper.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Isle of Romance
Release Date:
16 April 1943
Production Date:
20 November--mid December 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
7 April 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12037
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in feet):
5,328
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9071
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Brooklynites Tommy Jones and Eddie Dolan buy an island in the South Pacific and turn it into a tourist trap. Tommy pretends to be "Chief Atamu," while Eddie impersonates a beachcomber and rounds up customers for native shows, which Tommy puts on with the help of the local inhabitants. The two hope to sell the island for a hefty profit, then return to the States, and repay Eddie's fiancée, Susie Dugan, the $500 they borrowed to purchase the island. One day, millionaire meat-packer Holton arrives on the island with his wife and daughter Joan, and immediately agrees to buy the island for $10,000. Before the deal can be finalized, however, a group of cannibals from a neighboring island invades and captures all the natives. Tommy, though, mistakes the invaders for the local natives and immediately becomes friends with the cannibal chief, Nataro. In the meantime, the Holtons, along with Eddie and Susie, who has just arrived at the island to marry Eddie, are taken prisoner. Susie becomes irate when she discovers that Eddie has unwittingly become romantically entangled with a beautiful island girl named Luani. Joan, who had previously fallen in love with Tommy, learns about his deceit and blames him for her family's predicament. Tommy, however, convinces his new friend Nataro to release his friends, but the cannibal chief does so on the condition that they immediately leave the island. Upon their release, Mrs. Holton, Joan and Susie, for romantic and sentimental reasons, refuse to go, while both Mr. Holton and Susie argue over who is the actual owner of the island. Chief ... +


Prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Brooklynites Tommy Jones and Eddie Dolan buy an island in the South Pacific and turn it into a tourist trap. Tommy pretends to be "Chief Atamu," while Eddie impersonates a beachcomber and rounds up customers for native shows, which Tommy puts on with the help of the local inhabitants. The two hope to sell the island for a hefty profit, then return to the States, and repay Eddie's fiancée, Susie Dugan, the $500 they borrowed to purchase the island. One day, millionaire meat-packer Holton arrives on the island with his wife and daughter Joan, and immediately agrees to buy the island for $10,000. Before the deal can be finalized, however, a group of cannibals from a neighboring island invades and captures all the natives. Tommy, though, mistakes the invaders for the local natives and immediately becomes friends with the cannibal chief, Nataro. In the meantime, the Holtons, along with Eddie and Susie, who has just arrived at the island to marry Eddie, are taken prisoner. Susie becomes irate when she discovers that Eddie has unwittingly become romantically entangled with a beautiful island girl named Luani. Joan, who had previously fallen in love with Tommy, learns about his deceit and blames him for her family's predicament. Tommy, however, convinces his new friend Nataro to release his friends, but the cannibal chief does so on the condition that they immediately leave the island. Upon their release, Mrs. Holton, Joan and Susie, for romantic and sentimental reasons, refuse to go, while both Mr. Holton and Susie argue over who is the actual owner of the island. Chief Nataro settles all the bickering by uniting Susie and Eddie, and Joan and Tommy, and marrying them in a native ceremony. He then makes the surprising decree that the two newlywed couples, the Holtons and their friends may remain on the island in safety and peace. +

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