Friday, February 26, 2010

Island in the Sky

I've briefly mentioned the John Wayne movie Island in the Sky a few times in the past. Considering the snowstorm that finally came round these parts, more or less, it might be an appropriate movie to watch. However, there was an earlier movie also titled Island in the Sky, which has nothing to do with the John Wayne movie, other than sharing a common title. This earlier movie is airing tomorrow at 6:00 AM ET on the Fox Movie Channel.

A young Gloria Stuart (yes, the same woman who would go on to appear as an elderly lady in James Cameron's Titanic) plays a woman engaged to a district attorney. While celebrating their engagement, he gets called to investigate a murder. She, being his secretary, goes along, but quickly begins to get a sinking suspicion that the police have gotten the wrong man. So, she begins to investigate the case herself.

It's a trite plot, but the sort of thing that B movie makers were doing a lot of in the 1930s. In the case of Island in the Sky, it's not bad, but there's nothing memorably great about it either -- just a little movie that's good enough to pass 70 minutes with. Well, there is the fact that Gloria Stuart is in it, too.

This version of Island in the Sky hasn't been released to DVD, so you're going to have to catch it on the Fox Movie Channel.

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