“Island in the Sun” (1957) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd

"Island In The Sun" at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood. 1957Island in the Sun was a guilty-pleasure-soap-opera pic from Twentieth Century-Fox that came out in 1957 and got the big Grauman’s Chinese Theatre treatment upon its release. According to IMDB, it featured an interracial screen kiss that caused quite a commotion in the U.S. It also says that Joan Fontaine received hundreds of hate letters, containing dimes and quarters, which read, “If you’re so hard up that you have to work with n*gg*r…” who, I should point out, was Harry Belafonte. When I hear stories like this, I’m reminded that, despite the occasional evidence to the contrary, we have come a long way, after all.

"Island In The Sun" at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood. 1957

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One Response to “Island in the Sun” (1957) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd

  1. Dear Martin – I so agree with you. The fact that we have a marvelous black President proves the truth of what you say. And you would have been an idiot not to want to be kissed by Harry Belafonte. As you say, we have made progress, for which I am eternally grateful. Love to you and B always.