YEAR: 1957


The first true on-screen interracial kiss can be seen in this 1957 film. Set on a fictional island in the Caribbean, the story focuses on the life, love and political ambitions of a young black man. John DeCuir was production designer for this tropical drama.


Set on a fictitious island in the Caribbean during colonial British rule, it focuses on the life of a young charismatic and handsome black male with political aspirations. He finds himself confused on returning home when his romantic liaison with a white female tends to conflict with his political views. As rumor has it an interracial screen kiss caused quiet a commotion in the U.S. when the film was released. The plot is further strengthened by a look at the lives of a white ex-pat family also living on the island. The family has to deal with problems of infidelity, racism and murder.


Robert Rossen


John DeCuir Sr.