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Bahama Passage

Bahama Passage(1941)

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The film opens with this foreword: "This is the story of the people on Dildo Cay, a lonely wind-swept island of salt in the West Indies. Hard and unyielding as the island itself, bound by generations to a ruthless code of duty, and of what happens when into this loneliness and repression swaggers a girl who has been around." The working title of this film was Dildo Cay, which refers to a native West Indies flowering cactus. A Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Frank Partos was signed to work on the script, but his contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. According to information in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library and Hollywood Reporter news items, Dorothy Lamour was initially cast in the film, but was replaced by Madeleine Carroll due to scheduling difficulties. Marjorie Main and Fred MacMurray were also considered for lead roles in this film. Other actors scheduled to appear in this film were Anne Grandview and Rona Risotta, a Bahamian dancer; Philip Reed, Eunice May and Charles Breadon were tested for parts. The appearance of these actors in the final film has not been confirmed, however.
       The picture was filmed on location in the Bahamas, both at Salt Cay in the Turks Islands and in Nassau. Information in the Paramount Collection reveals that the film cost $937,649 to produce, of which approximately $220,000 were Technicolor costs and $174,000 were location costs. Although reviewers praised the lavish Technicolor photography, comments about the film as a whole were almost unanimously negative. This film marked actor Stirling Hayden's second feature film, and was the second picture in which he and his then wife, Madeleine Carroll, appeared together. Because of reported personal conflict with the motion picture industry and trouble with his marriage, the former sailor enlisted in the Army immediately upon finishing his role as "Adrian" and did not return to films until 1947. Hayden and Carroll divorced in 1946.