Isle of Destiny (March 8, 1940)
Released on March 8, 1940: (running time 1 hour and 22 minutes) An adventurous lady airplane pilot tangles with gun-runners on a South Seas island and two Marines come to her rescue.
Produced by Franklyn Warner
Directed by Elmer Clifton
Written by Arthur Hoerl, Robert Lively and M. Coates Webster from an original story by Allan Vaughan Elston
The Actors: June Lang (Virginia Allerton), William Gargan (Marine 'Stripes' Thornton, Palo Pago), Wallace Ford (Marine Private Millard 'Milly' Barnes, Palo Pago), Gilbert Roland (Oliver Barton, smuggler, trading post owner on Palo Pago), Etienne Girardot ('Doc' Cincinnati Spriggs), Katherine DeMille (Inda, in real life, an orphan adopted by Cecil B. DeMille and his wife Constance Adams-DeMille), Grant Richards (Marine Lieutenant George Allerton, Palo Pango Commanding Officer, Virginia's brother), Tom Dugan (Marine Sergeant Reikker, Palo Pango), Harry Woods (smuggling ship Captain Lawson), Ted Osborne (Max Raft, co-pilot), Jack Gardner (radio man, in real life, actor James Garner's brother), Lloyd Ingraham (minister), Dave O'Brien (Whitey, radio man on smuggling ship), The Sportsmen Quartet (singing marines), Ray Walker (Corporal Jones, aka Jonesy, Palo Pago radio man)
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The Flirtatious Lady, the Cute Little Leathernecks, and the Smuggler
Victor Orsatti was a talent agent who represented stars like Edward G. Robinson, Judy Garland, Betty Grable, director Frank Capra and a long list of the Hollywood elite. It seems that he had a personal eye for beauty because all of his marriages were to the most beautiful girls he met. His first marriage was to June Lang, the star of this movie.
June Lang was a beautiful blonde who appeared in the sexy pre-code ‘Temptations of 1930’ because the thirteen-year-old girl had convinced the casting director that she was really eighteen years old. When she married Victor Orsatti in 1937 she was twenty years old, and all of the most famous Hollywood stars attended. That marriage lasted for six weeks.
June’s movie career was still rising when she married handsome and wealthy Johnny Roselli in 1940, a couple of weeks after this movie premiered. Unfortunately, Johnny was a gangster, a real gangster, and for some reason Hollywood didn’t like him or the bad publicity his marriage to June created, so June’s career hit the skids, and they would divorce before two years had passed.
June was a bit luckier with her third marriage to Lieutenant William Morgan. Their marriage lasted ten years, but also ended in divorce. June later said that she didn’t like single life but admitted that she never chose her husbands wisely.
The other female actor in this adventure is Katherine Paula Lester. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, her Scottish father was killed in World War One, and her Italian mother died of tuberculosis while she was a child. Constance Adams DeMille, the wife of famous producer Cecil B. DeMille, met her in an orphanage and convinced her husband to adopt her.
In this adventure June Lang is a wealthy aviatrix flying around the world who makes a stop at a South Pacific island inhabited by a small U.S. Marine base. Two marines will chase her romantically, and a gun-running smuggler will capture her and try to force her to help him smuggle a shipment of guns. It will be up to the Marines to come to her rescue, as only Marines can do. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Etienne Giardot and Gilbert Roland
Gilbert Roland, June Lang
Grant Richards, June Lang
June Lang, Wallace Ford
June Lang, William Gargan
Katherine DeMille, Gilbert Roland
Ted Osborne and June Lang
Wallace Ford and William Gargan