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The opening credits include the note: "The producers would like to thank the following for their cooperation in the making of this picture: His Excellency the Governor and the government of Jamaica; United States Department of Defense; U.S. Naval Operating Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; The Commander, British Forces, Caribbean area."
Island of Desire was produced by Coronado Productions (England), Ltd. and David E. Rose, but, according to a September 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item, was also partially funded by RKO Pictures, which distributed the film in the Eastern Hemisphere. United Artists handled Western Hempishere distribution. (For more information on Coronado, see the entry for the 1952 RKO film Sea Devils, below.) Although onscreen credits list Joan Bridge as Technicolor color consultant, the Hollywood Reporter review and United Artists press materials add Ian Craig, who May have contributed only to the American version. The picture was shot almost entirely at the Nettlefold Studios outside London in Walton-on-Thames. The London premiere took place on March 14, 1952, under the title Saturday Island. An August 1951 Hollywood Reporter item reported that a hurricane destroyed Jamaican sets, shutting down the production for two weeks, and press materials state that director Stuart Heisler used the opportunity to shoot the hurricane for inclusion in the film.