On an Island with You

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"There's music! There's dancing! There's romance! M-G-M's Big All Star Musical!"
  • Passed
  • 1948
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 5.9  (1,036)

On an Island with You is a lighthearted musical romance set amidst the sunny backdrop of a tropical island. The movie, released in 1948, stars Esther Williams as Rosalind Rennolds, a movie star on location shoot in Hawaii with her handsome leading man, Ricardo Montalban as Ricardo Montez. Peter Lawford portrays Lt. Lawrence Y. Kingslee, a naval officer who is smitten with Rosalind after saving her from a dangerous stunt in the water.

The plot revolves around a case of mistaken identity when Rosalind believes that Ricardo is wooing her, but in reality, he is actually interested in her friend and co-star Yvonne Torro (played by Cyd Charisse). Meanwhile, Lawrence is trying to win over Rosalind's heart but struggles to compete with her glamorous lifestyle and her crush on Ricardo.

The movie features lively musical numbers, including the popular "Bim Bam Boom" and "Bubble Dance," which showcase Williams' skills as a synchronized swimmer. The choreography is impressive, especially in the water scenes, which were a signature element of Williams' films. The choreography also includes a standout routine featuring Charisse and a group of male dancers.

Apart from the primary love triangle, the secondary characters bring comic relief to the movie. Comedian Jimmy Durante plays a publicity agent, who tries to spin Rosalind's accident into a PR stunt. Xavier Cugat appears briefly as a performer at a luau.

The film's exotic locations provide an eye-catching backdrop to the story. The Hawaiian setting is stunning, with lush greenery and crystal clear waters, providing ample opportunity for gorgeous Technicolor scenery in nearly every scene. The costumes are spectacular, with Williams sporting a series of dazzling swimsuits and elegant gowns.

One of the main themes of the film is the tension between fame and normalcy. Rosalind is a beloved movie star, but her celebrity status often makes it hard for her to connect with an average person like Lawrence. At times, Rosalind is frustrated with the limitations that her fame has placed upon her life, and she feels hemmed in by the expectations and demands of her career. Lawrence, on the other hand, is drawn to Rosalind's glamour and sophistication but also yearns for a simpler life with less drama.

On an Island with You is a delightful, entertaining movie that will appeal to fans of classic Hollywood musicals. Esther Williams is a charismatic leading lady, and her athletic prowess in the water scenes is impressive. The supporting cast is a talented bunch, and the humor and music keep the story flowing at a brisk pace.

Overall, On an Island with You is a colorful, fun-filled escapade that celebrates the beauty of Hawaii and the joys of romance. With its captivating visuals, catchy songs, and charming cast, it's a film that will transport viewers to a sun-drenched paradise and put a smile on their faces.

On an Island with You is a 1948 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9.

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    5.9  (1,036)