Adventure Island (film)

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—one of the few times director Newfield worked for a major studio—and starring Rory Calhoun and Rhonda Fleming.

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

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


Three sailors and a woman (Rhonda Fleming) roam an island ruled by a deadly tyrant.



The film was made by Pine-Thomas Productions who specialised in lower budgeted action movies. However their budget for this was larger than they usually employed, ranging between $250,000-$300,000.[1]

Rory Calhoun and Rhoda Fleming were borrowed from David O. Selznick. Filming started in September 1946 in Catalina.[2] Ninety percent of the film was shot at Catalina, to reduce the need for studio space.[3]

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

DVD release

Adventure Island was released on Region 0 DVD-R by Alpha Video on September 1, 2015.[5]

See also


  1. "$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.
  5. "Alpha Video - Adventure Island (1947) / Gun Cargo (1949)". Retrieved 2015-08-24.
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