Song of the Islands
|Song of the Islands|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Walter Lang|
|Produced by||Darryl F. Zanuck
|Written by||Joseph Schrank
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Editing by||Robert L. Simpson|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release dates||13 March 1942|
|Running time||76 minutes|
Jeff Harper sails to the tropical paradise Ahmi-Oni with his sidekick Rusty. He is there on behalf of his father to bargain for land with Dennis O'Brien. Jeff however falls in love with O'Brien's daughter Eileen and it is then up to Jeff's father to go to the island and try to break them up. A task easier said than done because Jeff's father also falls under the spell of the beautiful splendor of the islands.
- Betty Grable as Eileen O'Brien
- Victor Mature as Jeff Harper
- Jack Oakie as Rusty Smith
- Thomas Mitchell as Dennis O'Brien
- George Barbier as Jefferson Harper Sr.
- Hilo Hattie as Palola
- Billy Gilbert as Palola's father
- Lillian Porter as Paulani
- Uncredited actors include Filipino Hollywood actor Rudy Robles as "Akomi", the native boy.
Betty Grable had recently scored major hits with her leading roles for Fox. Films such as Down Argentine Way and Tin Pan Alley both in 1940 as well as Moon Over Miami, A Yank in the RAF and I Wake Up Screaming all in 1941. After the success of Song of the Islands, Fox realized they had a gold mine on their hands and kept lavishing Grable with Technicolor musicals and an increasing salary.
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