Bahama Passage


1h 23m 1941

Film Details

Also Known As
Dildo Cay
Release Date
Jan 1941
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Feb 1942
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
New Providence Island, Nassau, Bahamas; Turks Islands--Salt Cay,Bahamas
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Dildo Cay by Nelson Hayes (New York, 1940).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,407ft

Synopsis

When his father is found dead in a salt pond, having apparently struck his head on a piece of coral, Adrian Ainsworth is forced to hire an outsider to run the family salt reclamation plant on the isolated island of Dildo Cay in the British West Indies. Adrian's mother, who suffers from a weak heart and mental instability, is fearful that her husband was murdered by the local Bahamians who work for them, and her nerves are greatly calmed when Mr. Delbridge and his daughter Carol arrive to take over the running of the business. Adrian, however, resents the intrusion of strangers, especially as Delbridge insists on total control. His resentment is shared by Morales, Adrian's righthand man and friend, and the other islanders. Delbridge also immediately earns the enmity of the islanders when he strikes Morales after he refuses to give Delbridge the key to the house out of loyalty to the Ainsworths. Carol, a flirtatious sophisticate, is immediately attracted to the blonde and tanned Adrian, but is unaware that he is married because his wife resides in Spanish Harbour. A friendship between Carol and Adrian blossoms only after she learns this truth and Adrian learns that his business is in financial crisis. When Adrian gets a letter that his wife Mary is ill, he goes to Spanish Harbour, accompanied by Carol, who has business there, and discovers Mary in the midst of a love affair. Mary announces her intention to divorce him and insists that living on the barren Dildo Cay is destructive to the emotional well-being of any woman. Influenced by Mrs. Ainsworth's fear of the islanders, who are singing and chanting, Delbridge goes out into the night and fires upon the gathering. Mrs. Ainsworth suffers a fatal heart attack, and upon his return, Adrian learns that she has died and that Delbridge killed an innocent young boy. The islanders kidnap Delbridge and plan to take him to the local police, while Adrian and Carol are left helpless on Dildo Cay. Freed from any previous restrictions, Adrian and Carol fall in love and dream of their future life together. Morales, meanwhile, returns with the islanders and reveals that Delbridge, in fear for his life, jumped overboard before they got to the authorities and is presumed dead. Adrian, fearful that Carol will become like his mother and Mary, refuses to allow her to remain at Dildo Cay and forcibly takes her to Spanish Harbour. There his friend, Captain Jack Risingwell, advises Adrian that it was a lack of love and not Dildo Cay that was destructive to his family. On his return sail to Dildo Cay, Adrian happily discovers that Carol has stowed away in his boat.

Crew

Charles Baquetta

Construction

Edmund Bernoudy

Assistant Director

Richard A. Blaydon

Assistant to Nelson

David Buttolph

Music Score

Edward Churchill

Pub

Wilfrid M. Cline

Technicolor Assistant Camera

William Collins

Grip

Sam Comer

Set Dresser

Allen M. Davey

Director of Photography

Hans Dreier

Art Director

Grace Dubray

Screenplay clerk

Farciot Edouart

Process Photography

Don English

Stills

Merle Enz

Electrician

Robert Farfan

2d Assistant Director, 2d unit

Ernst Fegté

Art Director

William Forsyth

2d Assistant Director

H. Foster

Miami contact

Ed Froehlich

Grip

Curtis Gourlay

Grip

Edward H. Griffith

Producer

John Gustafson

Technicolor op

Earl Hardaway

Grip

Norman G. Harris

Electrician

Edith Head

Costumes

M. H. Herriott

Tech adv, owner of Salt Cay

Newton House

Makeup Artist

Don Johnson

Sound Recording

Natalie Kalmus

Color Director, for the Technicolor Co

Charles Kelly

Grip

Stanley Kufel

Men's Wardrobe

E. D. Leshin

Loc scout

Harold Lewis

Sound Recording

Robert Mccrellis

Props

J. Miller

Sound tech

Dennis Moore

Props

Richard Mueller

Technicolor color Director

Walter Myron

Technicolor maintenance

Ralph Nelson

Assistant prod Manager

J. O'rourke

Sound Engineer

Harry Perry

1st b&w Camera

Lee Price

Painter

Robert Quick

Sound Engineer

Lyle Ratican

Grip

Lorna Richman

Women's Wardrobe

Guy Roe

Camera Operator

Robert H. Rogers

Assistant head Electrician

William Russell

Dialogue Director

Leonora Sabine

Hair Supervisor

Steve Seymour

Interior Decorator

Al Shevling

Technicolor Assistant

Fred Sigle

Technicolor tech

Kenneth Smith

Grip

William Snyder

1st Technicolor Camera

Lavaughn Speer

Hair

J. J. Stout

Technicolor loader

Walter E. Sullivan

Generator op

Franklyn Thorpe

Loc physician

Leo Tover

Director of Photography

Fred True

Head grip

Virginia Van Upp

Screenwriter

Eda Warren

Editing

Paul Way

Grip

Wally Westmore

Makeup artist [Supervisor]

Merrill C. White

Electrician

Stanley Williams

Head Electrician

J. E. Williamson

[Photographer] Undersea scenes in the Bahamas

Ken Wylie

Electrician

Sid Zipser

Technicolor tech

Film Details

Also Known As
Dildo Cay
Release Date
Jan 1941
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Feb 1942
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
New Providence Island, Nassau, Bahamas; Turks Islands--Salt Cay,Bahamas
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Dildo Cay by Nelson Hayes (New York, 1940).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,407ft

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

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.