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Lure of the Islands (1942)

Passed | | Adventure, Music, Romance | 3 July 1942 (USA)
Tana, a voluptuous half-caste girl of the South Seas, falls in love with FBI agent Wally and wishes to marry him and leave the island. Wally, with his pal Jinx, is there to investigate ... See full summary »


Jean Yarbrough


Edmond Kelso (original screenplay), George Bricker (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Margie Hart ... Tana O'Shaughnessy
Robert Lowery ... Wally
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Jinx
Gale Storm ... Maui
Ivan Lebedeff ... The Commandant
Warren Hymer ... Albert
Tristram Coffin ... Skipper- Secret Service Chief (as Tris Coffin)
John Bleifer John Bleifer ... Lt. Lavar
Satini Pualoa Satini Pualoa ... Matu
Namure Nordman Namure Nordman ... Native Girl
Kam Tong ... Lt. Kono
Angelo Cruz Angelo Cruz ... Japanese Pilot
Kahala Bray Kahala Bray ... Dancer (as the Bray Sisters)
Odetta Bray Odetta Bray ... Dancer (as the Bray Sisters)


Tana, a voluptuous half-caste girl of the South Seas, falls in love with FBI agent Wally and wishes to marry him and leave the island. Wally, with his pal Jinx, is there to investigate rumored Japanese spy activity. He agrees to marry her if she will help him in his investigations. Through the discovery of a contraband radio set tuned to Japanese reception, Wally learns that the local Commandant is in league with the enemy and is planning an invasion of the island. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE GIRL WHO STOPPED A THOUSAND SHOWS! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

3 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sedução de Tahiti See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Monday 12 June 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »


Island Rowing Song
Written by Namure Nordman
Sung and danced by Namure Nordman with Kahala Bray and Odetta Bray
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South sea mish mash
30 May 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Even for a World War II propaganda film Monogram Studios hit rock bottom with this film about two agents trying to stop a Japanese takeover of an island where the Vichy French government still has control.

Although both Waikiki Wedding from Paramount and Song Of The Islands, films set in the Pacific islands never got beyond the studio lot, both films today create an illusion. That's the difference between major studios and these Poverty Row outfits like Monogram.

And getting into the film itself, our intrepid agents are Robert Lowery and Guinn Williams. You know it's got to be bad when FBI agent Lowery gets as a partner the only sailor in Uncle Sam's Navy who can't swim. He's not much good at anything else. Oh well, the other side has Warren Hymer so it's a pair of Rhodes Scholars up against each other.

A couple of Polynesian girls Margie Hart and Gale Storm have some musical Hawaiian flavored numbers. But Hart is one of the worst actresses going. Good thing she married well into society.

This one's a real Thanksgiving feast, compliments of Monogram Pictures.

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