The Island of Desire (1917)

The tale is that of a curious expedition to a pearl lagoon off the South Sea Islands in search of untold treasures. The members of the party are a newspaper reporter, a degenerate ... See full summary »


Otis Turner


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Cast overview:
George Walsh ... Bruce Chalmers
Patricia Palmer ... Leila Denham (as Margaret Gibson)
Anna Luther ... Miss Needham
Herschel Mayall ... Henry Sayres
William Burress William Burress ... Tuan Yuck
William Clifford ... Toari
Kamuela C. Searle ... Tomi (as Sam Searles)
Hector V. Sarno Hector V. Sarno ... Hamuka (as Hector Sarno)
Marie McKeen Marie McKeen ... Ella Sayers
Willard Louis ... Sam Sweet
Don the Dog Don the Dog ... Don the Dog


The tale is that of a curious expedition to a pearl lagoon off the South Sea Islands in search of untold treasures. The members of the party are a newspaper reporter, a degenerate Australian, who is literally seeped in gin, and a cunning Chinese, who supplies the money to fit out the vessel. When they arrive at the island, they find only a girl, Leila, who was shipwrecked with her father long before. Leila is so glad to see white men again that she eagerly shows them a bag of beautiful pearls brought up from the ocean bed by her father, who disappeared shortly afterward. The pearls are so tempting to the Australian and the Chinese that they form a combination against Leila and the reporter, Bruce Chalmers, when the latter refuses to aid them in robbing the girl. The struggle which follows for the possession of the pearls and the lagoon is very realistic. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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1 January 1917 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Not only interesting, but full of beauty
3 November 2014 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The latest Fox picture, "The Island of Desire," is an adventure story written by J. Allen Dunn and directed by Otis Turner. The opening shows a yacht race that is not only interesting, but full of beauty. After that follow scenes on shipboard, a fight with cannibals, a struggle between the hero and the villains for possession of a bag of pearls, the sinking of a South Sea island from the effects of a volcanic eruption, the different incidents being held together by a love interest which shows that the hero of the tale has too much red blood in his veins to die of a broken heart when his first sweetheart throws him down. The picture almost comes under the head of spectacular drama, so diversified and numerous are the scenes. The plot is of secondary importance. Its main object is to furnish George Walsh with as many opportunities as possible to "mix it up" with a choice collection of desperate characters, to swim, shoot, make love and go through the entire box of tricks that is expected of the herd of such a story. The young man fulfills his contract in a very able manner. Anna Luther is an attractive heroine, and Margaret Gibson, Herschel Mayall, William Burress, William Clifford, Sam Searles, Hector Sarno, Marie McKeen and Willard Louis are of distinct value to the cast. – The Moving Picture World, January 13, 1917

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