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Island of Love (1963)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 October 1963 (Finland)
A con man named Steve Blair (Robert Preston), enlists an out-of-work, drunk writer Paul Ferris (Tony Randall) to write a fictitious screenplay he hopes will be funded by a rich, but ... See full summary »


Morton DaCosta


David R. Schwartz (screenplay), Leo Katcher (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Preston ... Steve Blair
Tony Randall ... Paul Ferris
Giorgia Moll ... Elena Harakas (as Georgia Moll)
Walter Matthau ... Tony Dallas
Betty Bruce Betty Bruce ... Cha Cha Miller
Vassili Lambrinos Vassili Lambrinos ... Gregor Pappas
Michael Constantine ... Andy
Oliver Johnston ... Prof. Krumwitz
Titos Vandis ... Father Anaxagoras
Miranta Myrat ... Mama Harakas (as Miranda Murat)
Lewis Charles ... Louie
Peter Mamakos ... Nick


A con man named Steve Blair (Robert Preston), enlists an out-of-work, drunk writer Paul Ferris (Tony Randall) to write a fictitious screenplay he hopes will be funded by a rich, but unethical producer (who also happens to be a mobster) named Tony Dallas (Walter Matthau). As if that's not enough, Blair then plans to scam the money from Dallas, all with the beauty of a gorgeous Greek isle. Written by thomevans

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English | Greek

Release Date:

25 October 1963 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Not on Your Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Belgrave See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Walter Matthau played the original Oscar Madison in the film version of The Odd Couple (1968), while Tony Randall played the part of Felix Unger in the classic TV series The Odd Couple (1970), upon which it was based. This was (unfortunately) the only time the 2 men worked together. See more »


Walter Matthau's accent comes and goes throughout the picture. See more »


Paul Ferris: No, I tell you, it was the same dream. I was sitting in the middle of the railroad tracks, and these two freight trains are coming at me from either side.
Andy: Kid, you always been so hysterical?
Paul Ferris: Only for the past 15 years. Before that I was gay and carefree, I was...
Andy: [cutting him off] Yes, yes, yes... Well, I tell you. Usually booze is the only treatment for that. Only now, I think you need a cure for the treatment.
Andy: [continues] I tell you what *I* do when I get bugged. I close my eyes, and I try to ...
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References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »


Speak Not A Word
Music by Harold Adamson
Lyrics by Sammy Fain
Performed by Yacoubian & Company
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3 October 2012 | by QanqorSee all my reviews

My tivo recently found this movie, so I gave it a watch. It wasn't awful, but it was pretty disappointing. It seems like they spent all the budget on the cast and location setting and had none left to hire any decent writers. The story is clunky and forced, the laughs tepid and infrequent. Robert Preston and Tony Randall gamely do what they can with the script, but it's really not enough to save the picture. Randall in particular just seems wasted. And Walter Matthau gives the worst performance I've ever seen from him; he not only doesn't help save the picture, he helps sink it. He just sounds so weird, wrong, and fake with that preposterous accent he's using.

I gave it 5 stars because I'll confess I did laugh out loud a couple times. But just a couple. Watch this movie as a curiosity, should the occasion arise, but don't go into it with any great expectations.

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