Island In The Sun

  • 1957
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Five stories move simultaneously through this yawning picture that marked Darryl Zanuck's return to independent production after spending so much time running Fox studios. The Caribbean background is gorgeous, but the actors make the mistake of walking and talking in front of the scenery and therein lies the difficulty. Mason is the rich son of a wealthy...read more

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Five stories move simultaneously through this yawning picture that marked Darryl Zanuck's return to independent production after spending so much time running Fox studios. The Caribbean background is gorgeous, but the actors make the mistake of walking and talking in front of the scenery

and therein lies the difficulty. Mason is the rich son of a wealthy family that lives on a small island. He wants to run for political office against Belafonte, a popular union leader. When stories begin appearing that purport to prove Mason's mixed-blood heritage, the man is delighted, believing

that will rally some of the on-the-fence voters to elect him. Meanwhile, Belafonte is having a fling with white woman Fontaine. At the same time, Justin is affairing with Dandridge, a black woman and Belafonte's one-time amour. Mason's younger sister, Collins, wants to marry Boyd, the governor's

son. To entrap him, she becomes pregnant. Mason suspects Rennie, a snobbish drifter, of sleeping with his wife, Owens, and murders him. Mason is defeated in the election. He then gives himself up for Rennie's slaying to policeman Williams, who has been doggedly pursuing him. Collins learns that

she is not really Mason's sister or Sydney's daughter and has no black blood in her. She marries Boyd and leaves the island on the same plane as Justin and Dandridge. Belafonte walks away from Fontaine because he fears that an open affair with her will harm his political ambitions. Williams and

Boyd's father, Squire, end the film by ruminating about what will happen to Mason when his trial comes up. Belafonte sings a bit but it doesn't help. Songs include: "Island in the Sun," "Lead Man Holler."

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  • Rating: NR
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