Island of Lost Women

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Island of Lost Women
Island of Lost Women FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Produced by George C. Bertholon
Albert J. Cohen
Alan Ladd
Written by Ray Buffum
Prescott Chaplin (story)
Starring Jeff Richards
Venetia Stevenson
John Smith
Alan Napier
Diane Jergens
June Blair
Music by Raoul Kraushaar
Dave Kahn
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Edited by Roland Gross
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • May 1959 (1959-05)
Running time
71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Island of Lost Women is a 71-minute, black-and-white film, directed by Frank Tuttle, which was released by Warner Brothers in 1959.[1]

Its plot borrows from the 1956 science fiction classic Forbidden Planet which, in turn, lifted much of its plot from Shakespeare's The Tempest. Jeff Richards plays Mark Bradley, a radio commentator whose pilot, Joe Walker (John Smith), is flying him across the Pacific to a conference in Australia. Engine troubles develop and Smith makes a forced landing on a small, perhaps uncharted island inhabited by Dr. Paul Lujan (Alan Napier).

Plot summary[edit]

Dr. Lujan (Alan Napier), unfriendly to the point of hostility, orders the intruders to leave immediately but their plane has been too badly damaged to permit this. He then grudgingly introduces Bradley (Jeff Richards) and Walker (John Smith) to his trio of young, beautiful daughters, Venus (Venetia Stevenson), Urana (Diane Jergens) and Mercuria (June Blair). The visitors soon learn that Dr. Lujan is a scientist who has fled the civilized world because of his fears of the havoc which can be wrought by the discovery of nuclear energy.

To the doctor's disapproval, two of his daughters fall in love with the two strangers, forcing them to choose between staying on the island or returning to civilization.



The film was based on an original story by Prescott Chaplin. Film rights were bought by Jaguar Productions, the film company of Alan Ladd, which had a deal with Warner Bros. Ladd would not appear in the film. Ray Buffum was hired to write the script.[2] Frank Tuttle, who just made Hell on Frisco Bay for Jaguar, was assigned to direct.[3]

Jeff Richards was given the lead role and was signed by Jaguar to a five-year contract of two films a year.[4] Warner Bros contract star Venetia Stevenson was cast opposite her.[5] June Blair was borrowed from 20th Century Fox.[6]


  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:Island of Lost Women
  2. ^ CAGNEY TO HEAD 'BON VOYAGE' CAST: Actor Signs for Third Film at Universal--Columbia Plans 'Wackiest Ship' Ladd Firm Buys Story By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 15 July 1957: 15.
  3. ^ Studio-Made Pictures Favored Anew; Robert Keith Star in 'Lineup' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 24 Sep 1957: 23.
  4. ^ Jeff Richards Wins Termer: Briton Dickers With Horton; Fields Slates 'Ponder Heart' Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 22 Nov 1957: B11.
  5. ^ ROCKET FILM PUT ON 'CRASH' BASIS: Production Date Advanced on 'From Earth to Moon'-- Gene Nelson Files Suit Dancer Makes Claim Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 29 Oct 1957: 34.
  6. ^ Unique Korea Story Bought: Roy Rogers Plans to Resume Production of Feature Films Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 31 Oct 1957: C13.

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