Our Girl Friday
Our Girl Friday (U.S. title The Adventures of Sadie) is a 1953 British comedy film starring Joan Collins, George Cole, Kenneth More and Robertson Hare. It is about a woman who is shipwrecked with three men on a deserted island.
|Our Girl Friday|
|Directed by||Noel Langley|
|Produced by||George Minter|
|Written by||Noel Langley|
|Based on||The Cautious Amorist by Norman Lindsay|
|Edited by||John Seabourne|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
The film was based on the Australian writer Norman Lindsay's 1934 novel The Cautious Amorist.
A ship collision results in four survivors from an ocean liner winding up on a desert island: spoiled heiress Sadie, lecturer Professor Gibble, journalist Jimmy Carrol and ship's stoker Pat Plunket.
Carrol falls in love with Sadie and she kisses him. Gibble falls in love with Sadie. This causes conflict between Carrol and Gibble that results in Sadie wanting to move to the other side of the island to live alone.
Gibble gets the wrong impression that Pat and Sadie are intimate. Pat finds a bottle of rum and gets drunk.
Sadie takes over as leader on the island. When the men threaten to strike, she declares that the group will never function until she marries one of the men. They draw straws and Gibble gets the short straw, but tries to back out in favour of Pat. Then a ship appears and the group is rescued.
Safe on the ship, Gibble falls in love with Sadie again and asks her to marry him. So does Carrol. However, Sadie is in love with Pat, but he refuses her marriage proposal, saying they are too different. But Sadie persuades the ship's captain that Pat is obliged to marry her, but before it can happen that ship goes down.
Sadie wades ashore at the same island where Pat has already arrived.
Film rights were purchased in 1948. It was to be written and directed by Noel Langley and Robertson Hare was attached as a star. The original producer was John Sutro and the working title was Sadie was a Lady. Lucille Ball was going to be the female star. Then Jane Russell was going to play it. By now George Minter was producer and the title was The Girl on the Island. The film ended up not being made until several years later.
Although the film was released after Genevieve (1953), which made More a star, it performed disappointingly at the box office.
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