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Adventure Island (film)

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Adventure Island
Theatrical poster
Directed bySam Newfield as "Peter Steward"
Screenplay byMaxwell Shane
Based onThe Ebb Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson
Produced byWilliam H. Pine
William C. Thomas
StarringRory Calhoun
Rhonda Fleming
Paul Kelly
John Abbott
Alan Napier
CinematographyJack Greenhalgh
Edited byHoward A. Smith
Music byDarrell Calker
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 13, 1947 (1947-08-13)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$250,000-$300,000[1]

Adventure Island is a 1947 American South Seas action/adventure film shot in Cinecolor and directed by Sam Newfield (using the pseudonym Peter Stewart) for Paramount Pictures' Pine-Thomas Productions. This marked one of the few times in which Newfield worked for a major studio. The film stars Rory Calhoun and Rhonda Fleming.

This film is a remake of the silent film Ebb Tide (1922) and the film Ebb Tide (1937), all based on the 1894 novel of the same name by Robert Louis Stevenson and his stepson Lloyd Osbourne.

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Plot

Three sailors and a woman roam an island ruled by a deadly tyrant.

Cast

Production

The film was produced by Pine-Thomas Productions, which specialized in low-budget action films. However, the budget for this film was larger than that of most Pine-Thomas productions.[1]

Rory Calhoun and Rhoda Fleming were borrowed from David O. Selznick. Filming began in September 1946 on Santa Catalina Island.[2] Ninety percent of the film was shot on the island in order to reduce the need for studio space, and the script was rewritten to minimize indoor scenes.[3]

The owner of the boat used in the film later sued the producers for damaging it.[4]

Reception

In a contemporary review for The New York Times, critic A. H. Weiler compared the film negatively with the 1937 film Ebb Tide: "'Adventure Island' is a dull, incredible and slowly paced fiction of a very venerable school. Paramount's earlier version had the services of Oscar Homolka, Barry Fitzgerald and Ray Milland as well as Technicolor and a professional script. 'Adventure Island' has Cinecolor, which is pleasant, and a script not nearly so pleasant."[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "$750,000-$1,000,000 class held just right by Pine Thomas". Variety. 26 January 1949. p. 7.
  2. ^ KELLY AND GLAZER BUY 'HALF CASTE' New York Times 5 Sep 1946: 34.
  3. ^ "Briefs from the lots". Variety. 4 September 1946. p. 7.
  4. ^ "Variety (June 1947)". New York, NY: Variety Publishing Company. June 22, 1947 – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ Weiler, A. H. (1947-10-20). "The Screen in Review". The New York Times. p. 29.

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