|ISLAND OF DESIRE (director/writer: Stuart Heisler; screenwriters: Stephanie Nordli /based on a Hugh Brooke story "Saturday Island" in "The Saturday Evening Post"; cinematographers: Oswald Morris/Arthur Ibbetson; editor: Russell Lloyd; music: William Alwyn; cast: Tab Hunter (Marine Corporal Michael J. 'Chicken' Dugan), Linda Darnell (Lt. Elizabeth Smythe), Donald Gray (William Peck), John Laurie (Grimshaw), Sheila Chong (Tukua), Russell Waters (Dr. Snyder), Lloyd Lanelle (Officer of the Watch), MacDonald Parke (Ship's Captain); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: David E. Rose; UA; 1952-UK)|
|"The wooden Tab teamed with the
steamy Linda as love birds never
registered as credible."
by Dennis Schwartz
Heisler ("The Glass Key"/"The Star"/"The
Lone Ranger") directs this World War II drama that
plays out as an old-fashioned love story. Heisler and
Stephanie Nordli adapt it from Hugh
Brooke's short story in The Saturday Evening Post
entitled "Saturday Island."
attractive Canadian nurse, Lt. Elizabeth
Smythe (Linda Darnell), and a young American
hunky marine corporal, Michael J. 'Chicken'
Dugan (Tab Hunter), are on a hospital ship
during WW 2, when they are torpedoed and left as sole
survivors. They find themselves marooned on a South
Pacific island, living among the natives. Eventually
they overcome their initial hostility to each other
and fall in love. Their bliss is interrupted when they
are joined by a third party. He's the British
Royal Air Force pilot, William
Peck (Donald Gray), whose plane crashes
in the nearby jungle and the couple rescue him. Liz
uses her nursing skills to amputate the pilot's arm
that was crushed during the crash.
The location shots in Jamaica are pleasing to the eye, but the wooden Tab teamed with the steamy Linda as love birds never registered as credible.
REVIEWED ON 10/28/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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