Flame of the Islands

Flame of the Islands is a 1956 American Trucolor film noir crime film directed by Edward Ludwig and starring Yvonne De Carlo, Howard Duff and Zachary Scott.[1]

Flame of the Islands
Directed byEdward Ludwig
Produced byEdward Ludwig
Screenplay byBruce Manning
Story byAdele Comandini
StarringYvonne De Carlo
Howard Duff
Zachary Scott
Music byNelson Riddle
CinematographyBud Thackery
Edited byRichard L. Van Enger
Republic Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • January 6, 1956 (1956-01-06) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States


Rosalind Dee (DeCarlo) is a cafe singer striving to enter high society. Rosalind stumbles upon a large amount of money by lucky means. Rosalind forms a partnership with gambling-club owners Wade Evans (Zachary Scott) and Cyril Mace (Kurt Kasznar), building the establishment into a gathering place for the elite. Along the way, she attempts to rekindle a romance with randy playboy Doug Duryea (Howard Duff), but she is soon lured in by Rev. Kelly Rand (James Arness) who comes to save Rosalind from her troubles.



The film was based on an unpublished novel by Adele Comandini called Rebel Island. Republic Pictures bought it in January 1954 and assigned Bruce Manning to write the script and Edward Ludwig to direct and produce.[2] Republic, who had been in a production downswing, put the film on its schedule in May 1954.[3] It was part of a slate of six films, the others being Timberjack, Magic Fire, The Admiral Hoskins Story and a film about Texas to be directed by Frank Lloyd.[4]

In January 1955, Yvonne de Carlo, who appeared in Magic Fire, signed to play the lead.[5] Zachary Scott and John Lund were to be her co stars. Eventually Lund dropped out and was replaced by Howard Duff.[6]

The film was shot on location in the Bahamas in Trucolor.

See also


  1. Screen: Bahamas Life: 'Flame of Islands' Is Flicker at Palace New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 25 Feb 1956: 12.
  2. HEMINGWAY BOOK MAY GO TO M-G-M: Studio Reported Completing Deal for 'Across the River' -- Republic Buys a Novel By THOMAS M. PRYOR New York Times 12 Jan 1954: 19.
  3. NEW 5-YEAR PACT FOR VAN JOHNSON: Star Signs With Columbia for One Film Annually -- Republic to Resume New York Times 4 May 1954: 36.
  4. REPUBLIC STUDIOS CONTINUE TO GROW New York Times 17 Aug 1954: 17.
  5. PICTURE SHOW Gossip Filmer, Fay. Picture Show; London Vol. 64, Iss. 1665, (Feb 26, 1955): 3-4.
  6. Yvonne De Carlo to Do Film in Bahamas Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 6 Jan 1955: B8.
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