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Miss Robin Crusoe(1953)

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The working title of this film was Miss Robinson Crusoe. The name of art director F. Paul Sylos, who was sometimes known as Frank or Paul Sylos, was misspelled "Frank E. Sylos" in the onscreen credits. According to a July 2, 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, producer Eugene Frenke encountered difficulty registering the title with the Motion Picture Registration Bureau, because both M-G-M and scar Danciger protested. Danciger had recently completed a picture entitled Robinson Crusoe, which was filmed in Mexico, and M-G-M was contemplating producing a feature based on the novel starring Spencer Tracy. In September 1953, the bureau granted Frenke the right to use the title. The decision allowed Frenke the rights to that title, as well as Miss Robinson Crusoe. Accordingly, Danciger was forced to change the title of his film to Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.
       Although the film was not viewed, the above credits and summary were taken from a dialogue continuity and contemporary sources. According to a October 2, 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item, E. A. Dupont was originally scheduled to direct the picture. According to studio press materials, some scenes were shot on location in Palos Verdes, CA. In September 1953, Frenke was sued for $210,000 by Mid-City Properties, Inc., which alleged that in August 1952, Frenke borrowed $41,000 for production of Miss Robin Crusoe, then failed to supply the company with required contracts. In addition, Mid-City Properties alleged that Frenke accepted another $185,000 from a different company without informing them. The disposition of the suit has not been determined.
       Numerous films have been based on the Daniel Defoe classic, including the 1916 Warner Bros. release Robinson Crusoe, starring Robert Patton Gibbs (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-21); United Artists' 1932 release Mr. Robinson Crusoe, which was directed by Edward Sutherland and starred Douglas Fairbanks (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40); the 1964 Paramount film Robinson Crusoe on Mars, directed by Byron Haskin (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70); and the 1989 Island Pictures production Crusoe, directed by Caleb Deschanel and starring Aidan Quinn. Miss Robin Crusoe is not related to either the 1917 Metro Pictures Corp. release Miss Robinson Crusoe or the 1919 World Film Corp. production Miss Crusoe (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20).