The Girls of Pleasure Island
|The Girls of Pleasure Island|
Theatrical release poster by Pete Hawley
|Directed by||Alvin Ganzer
F. Hugh Herbert
|Produced by||Paul Jones|
|Written by||F. Hugh Herbert (screenplay)
Based on the novel by William Maier
|Music by||Lyn Murray|
|Cinematography||Daniel L. Fapp
W. Howard Greene
|Edited by||Ellsworth Hoagland|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The Girls of Pleasure Island is a 1953 Technicolor comedy film directed by Alvin Ganzer and F. Hugh Herbert. The screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert is based on the novel by former Marine William Maier. The original music score is composed by Lyn Murray.
In 1945, Roger Halyard is a stiff-upper-lipped British gentleman who lives on a South Pacific island with his three nubile, naive daughters, Violet, Hester and Gloria. Hoping to shelter the girls from the lascivious advances of the opposite sex, Halyard is thwarted when 1,500 Marines arrive to transform the island into an aircraft landing base. Despite the best efforts of Halyard, his housekeeper Thelma, and Marine Colonel Reade, romance blossoms between the three girls and a trio of handsome leathernecks.
For the three English daughters, Paramount interviewed 900 aspiring actresses, with nine given screen tests at Pinewood Studios. Joan Elan, Audrey Dalton and Dorothy Bromiley, each of them then attending a different drama school, were chosen.
The three were contracted by Paramount and were given massive publicity including a cover story in LIFE magazine and made tours to promote the film, including "GI Premieres" to troops fighting the Korean War.
- Don Taylor - Lieutenant Gilmartin
- Leo Genn - Roger Halyard
- Elsa Lanchester - Thelma
- Philip Ober - Colonel Reade
- Joan Elan - Violet Halyard
- Audrey Dalton - Hester Halyard
- Dorothy Bromiley - Gloria Halyard
- Peter Baldwin - Private Henry Smith
- Gene Barry - Captain Beaton
- Arthur Gould-Porter - Reverend Bates
- Barry Bernard - Wilkinson
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- The Girls of Pleasure Island on Internet Movie Database
- Gene Barry photos from the film http://www.xmission.com/~emailbox/gb-girlsofpleasureisland.htm
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