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JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO (1990) WARNER BROS. Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan and Lloyld Bridges star in this cute flick about dying manvolunteering to jump in volcano for villagers who were established early in the film as Polynesian, Jewish and Irish mix with a mixed up culture as well. Good foreshadowing with use of nostalgic, tacky Hawaiian lamp in Hanks cramped office in first scene and billboard of South Seas Paradise with volcano in a early street scene. A Steven Spielberg film. Also memorable image of Hanks in black tux with white Tahitian ginger lei and Ryan in 30s sequin dress with flowered head and wrist band. JOIN THE MARINES (1937) REPUBLIC PICTS. In an effort to marry Colonel’s daughter an Olympic javelin thrower and good guy NYC cop joins Marines gets shipped to South Seas island where he prevents a native revolt by winning spear contest. JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (1989) CANNON GROUP Group of kids in Hawaii find cave and fall in a hole to the (see title). Kathy Ireland is the kids sitter. Ireland is featured on a poster in this low quality film. Filmed in southern Cal but with mostly British wannabe actors with that eighties look. Film starts ok with fake Hawaii locations than these teen and young adults journey into a underground city called Atlantis with is located in the center of the earth. Took about three days to travel thousands of miles to a city that should be in the middle of molted lava? Should of called it On the Way to the Center of the Earth. Plot then falls apart the city hidden the existence of “surface people” although everyone has “surface” trash as evidence and a plot to invade the surface then story disintegrates into confusion with no direction and suddenly they are on the surface the end. JOURNEY 2 THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (2012) NEW LINE CINEMA Stars Dwayne “Rock” Johnson as a devotional to Jules Vern and his works (that’s how they tie-in the two titles anyway) This one, like the popular 1961 Ray Harryhausen version is set on a South Seas island (eventhough they say near Palau - North Pacific) and has the Captain Nemo tie-in. Classic volcano erupting ending. JUNGLE HEAT (1957) BEL-AIR/ UNITED ARTISTS Couple goes to Kaua'i to help settle a sugar plantation's labor problem. Owner leads local Japanese underground. Filmed in Kaua'i. Set in 1941. Last scene after a set up labor dispute by Japanese spies was thwarted, hero couple romantically settle on beach hearing planes in B.G. man says morning patrol from Hickham AFB but 1st end credit in sand reads Dec. 7th, 1941. Lei greeting off ship and Hawaiian night club scenes with negative remarks about natives and Asians. JUNGLE PATROL (1948) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Squadron of fliers hold Pacific Island airstrip until they are almost wiped out. JUNGLE PRINCESS (1936) PARAMOUNT Another South Seas like Lamour sarong movie set in Malaysia co-starring Ray Milland. JUST GO WITH IT (2011) COLUMBIA Adam Sandler’s second comedy hit filmed in Hawaii, this time on the island of Maui. Co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Hawaii born Nicole Kidman who both have a memorable Hula dance off scene at the fancy resort. Also Tiki bar scene. KAHUNA (1981) LLOYDBERMAN With Virginia Winter and Luana King. Actually KAHUNA is a video release of SURFERS GIRLS (1978). Possible soft porn, filmed in Hawaii. KAMAAINA, THE (1929) JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HONOLULU A Hawaii produced romantic comedy that starred Kinau Wilder. How released? KAOLULOLANI (1916) ALOHA FILM CO. Locally produced (with a title like that it had to be). Drama set in Hawaii. Need more information?. KILL THE GOLDEN GOOSE (1979) CINEWORLD/USA-R Low budget martial arts movie starring Hawaiian Ed Parker with early bit by Tahitian/Hawaiian Branscombe Richmond. The opening scene was set and shot in Waikiki. KING KONG (1933) RKO Classic Fay Wray film: (1976) PARAMOUNT/DE LAURENTIIS Remake with Africans playing South Seas islanders. Jessica Lange's film debut with Jeff Bridges. Partly filmed on Kaua'i. KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1963) TOHO/UNIVERSAL (Japan) Movie starts with scientist on a South Seas island trying to experiment with Kong was gets fed up escapes and heads north while Godzilla trashes Tokyo (again) and heads South. The title tells you the rest. KINGPIN (1984) ??? (New Zealand) Starred Wi Kuki Kaa. Story of power struggles and personal struggles of a few Maori teens at a boys reform school. Some of the teen cast are real teens from the center. KONA COAST (1968) WARNER BROTHERS Vera Miles, Richard Boone and Joan Blondell with Boone as revengeful boat captain after killers of his daughter. Also part for Sam Kapu, Jr.. Luau for drunks. Location shooting on O'ahu and the Big Island's Kona district. KOMODO VS COBRA (2005) CINETEL FILMS Believe or not, it is not a sequel but sort of a remake. Instead of Casino crooks landing on the island near Hawaii, it’s a group of environmentalist on a remote South Seas island. A remake, what’s wrong with the 1st one writer/director Jim Wynorski. Jim comes back to Kauai to make Super B movie maker’s Roger Corman’s DINOCROC VS SUPERGATOR (2009). KRIPPENDORF’S TRIBE (1998) DISNEY Richard Dreyfuss, Lilly Tomlin in story of married scientists who get big grant to study an isolated tribe of New Guinea. Dreyfuss takes family to New Guinea for a few short years for serious research but wife (who’s the brain of the two) dies and the work dies too. Later he returns to the mainland and after his arrival he realizes he has nothing to show for it because he has a review coming up with the company that sponsored his large grant. He then panics and has to make things up to live up to expectations, now the comedy begins. Highlight of film is when Dreyfuss fakes a serious film documentary by recreating New Guinea in his backyard with his Caucasian children playing natives. Just using household items the set, native make up and hair wasn’t bad.
LADY TERMINATOR (1988) SORAYA INTERCINE FILM PT (Indonesia) PEMBALASAN RATU PANTAI SELATAN Violent, action, sex, black-magic all ingredients of a bad “B” movie. A castle on a South Seas island with a magic queen. Sex and snake mix put people in another world or place. Aka: REVENGE OF THE SOUTH SEA QUEEN LAND OF FURY (1954) RANK FILM ORG. (UK) Jack Hawkins & Glynis Johns in period piece of sailor & wife walking a thin line to be on good side of Maori chief in early white man New Zealand. Aka SEEKERS, THE (UK), LA VALLE DEI MAORI (Italy) LAND HAS EYES, THE (2004) TE MAKA PRODS. Limited released feature about the legend warrior woman that founded Rotuma and a modern teen that is guided by her with her current teen problems. Written and directed by native Vilsoni Hereniko, all key actors are native and mostly subtitled In English because most dialog is in Rotuman. A rare SSC class 1 movie (written, produced, directed by real natives, cast, subject matter of real natives and set and shot in real locations in real native language). Guest star Rena Owens and young teen played by Sapeta Taito. LAND THAT TIME FORGOT, THE (1975) AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL PICTS. Starring Doug McClure. Like Jules Verne’s MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961) COLUMBIA/CHARLES SCHEER this film starts with a major war. This Edgar Rice Burroughs story begins during WWI in a U-Boat with captures. The sub gets really lost and ends up on a South Seas island with dinosaurs. Popular movie, effects were good for its time and budget. Sequel PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT (1977) ) AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL PICTS. A rescue attempt to same island. LANI-LOA (1998) CHROME DRAGON (China/US) Drama in English with local actors Ray Bumatai and Leo Akana. Artsy film with Asian influences in imagery. LAST FLIGHT OF NOAH'S ARK, THE (1980) DISNEY This picture with Elliott Gould, Genevieve Bujold, a young Ricky Schroder. Gould pilots an old WWII bomber from San Francisco to run from mob. He takes a missionary, Bujold, two stowaway kids and the animals to a South Pacific Island. They crash in an uncharted isle where two old and loyal Japanese soldiers are still posted, thinking the war is still on. They make peace and help turn the wreckage of the bomber into a raft or ark. Filmed in Hawaii. No natives only sharks. They end up being saved off Diamond Head, of Honolulu. LAST OF THE PAGANS (1935) MGM Mala and Lotus Long. American traders break island romance by enslaving groom. Island raid and bride hunt, underwater battle with giant swordfish, land battle with wild boar and with a hurricane. Filmed in Tahiti. Wahine Lagoon swim. Set and filmed in French Polynesia with real extras and Polynesian dialog w/English sub-titles. The two non-Polynesian leads did a good job on their native speech & cultural nuances. Canoe greeting scene. The bell. Hurricane ending. LAST TATTOO, THE (1995) CAPELLA INTL. (New Zealand) WWII New Zealand. Story based how the locals of NZ handled the thousands of US servicemen who landed there for war. Parts for Robert Loggia and legendary Rod Steiger. Also Michelle Huirama playing a Maori woman. LAST VOYAGE (1960) MGM Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders, Woody Strode and Edmond O'Brien. High drama on the high sea when a luxury liner is sinking in the Hawaiian waters. A Hawaiian fishing boat comes to their aid but the producers made a poor effort to show any evidence that they were even in the Pacific. Par for this genre, great disaster effects. Note of interest; Woody Strode, famous for his part and physique as the African fighter in SPARTACUS married a Hawaiian. LAST WARRIOR, THE (1989) ITC PRODS. Gary Graham in low budget WWII rehash of one American soldier and one, soon to become nun, on a Pacific Island inhabited by a small Polynesian village. Japanese raided island and only the American, who is a sea watcher, and nun survive with three die hard Japanese soldiers left to finish him off. They fight in the bloody and graphic "80"s style. Compare plot with HEAVEN KNOWS, MR. ALLISON. Filmed in South Africa. LE PRINCE DU PACIFIQUE (2001) UFD (Fr) Directed by Alan Corneau. Stars Thierry Lhermitte and Marie Trintignant. Romantic story of two French Adventures. Shoot in Tahiti, on the island of Huahine in 1918. Tahitians Anituavau Lande (the Prince), Thierry Marani, Benjamin Atiu and Michael Faatamo have parts. Beautifully shot adventure/comedy. Pearl diving scene. Set not sure with Maori dances and Fijian roles? LEATHERNECKING (1930) RKO Early talkie with Irene Dunne and Ken Murray. Marine stationed in Honolulu tries to impress daughter of English planter by marooning her on isle inhabited by "savages". Early Rogers and Hart work, probably no Hawaii shooting. Compare ON AN ISLAND WITH YOU. LEGEND OF JOHNNY LINGO (2003) TURTLES CROSSING Based on cult hit short morality film JOHNNY LINGO and kept the same famous line “Mihana you ugly!” All Polynesian cast. Same producers as OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN as well as most of the same cast. Cute story for family though not as good as the short, did not last long in theaters. LEGENDS OF THE FALL (1995) TRISTAR/COLUMBIA Brad Pitt. Filmed in Canada and Jamaica the later doubling as 18th century New Guinea for one scene only. LEOPARDESS, THE (1923) PARAMOUNT/FAMOUS PLAYERS-LASKY CORP. (Silent)This Romance/Drama was set in the South Seas with lots of native roles played by haoles. Need more information?
LET'S GO NATIVE (1930) PARAMOUNT Jack Oakie in musical/comedy. Oakie and his company shipwrecks on island inhabited largely of "hula girls". They escape when island vanishes in earthquake and volcanic explosions. It seems the set is off the east coast of South America but "hula girls". LET'S GO NAVY (1951) MONOGRAM The middle aged Bowery Boys with Leo Gorcey. The Boys join the Navy and in their travels they stop in Honolulu, where at a souvenir shop they encounter a hula dancer and buy a talking parrot. LIEUTENANT WORE SKIRTS, THE (1956) 20TH CENTURY-FOX (originally RETREAD) Tom Ewell, Sheree North and Rita Moreno. Wife gets accepted in Air Force while husband is rejected. He follows her to duty in Hawaii. Shot at Hickam and L.A. LIGHT OF VICTORY (1919) BLUE/UNIVERSAL (Silent) Betty Compson in this WWI drama of a navel courier who gets drunk as German spies get to his official papers. After a court marshall he maroons himself on tiny Pacific island where he ends up helping spy on U-boats. Wonder what part of Pacific had the U-boats? Role of Luhua by Beatrice Dominguez. LILLO OF THE SULU SEAS (1916) AM. FILM CO./MUTUAL FILM CORP. (Silent) By the title it sounds like an early sound stage production with bad research. Mega drama of a story of amputation of husband, murder, run away wife, evil new husband and now pretty grown up daughter (who's a great pearl diver) all end up on same small South Seas island where faithful Polynesian servant named Pahui kills second evil husband. Daughter and real father are reunited. LITTLE HUT, THE (1957) MGM (British) Stars Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger and David Niven. Ava is married to rich Stewart who does not pay attention to her and for years has flirted with foolish David. The three get washed up on a deserted atoll near Fiji after a hurricane sinks Stewart's yacht. No natives but Ava's grass skirt is actually designed by Christian Dior himself. What Ava wants Ava gets. LITTLE ROBINSON CRUSOE (1924) MGM Jackie Coogan as small boy shipwrecked on island. set in the Pacific though natives cannibals look African. Stills also show black natives. Directed by Edward F.Cline who later directed HAWAII CALLS which also involved a young boy on a Pacific island. LOCKED LIPS (1920) UNIVERSAL Tsuru Aoki, in thriller, as a Hawaii school teacher who marries then the man deserts her. The man finally tries to silence her by poisoning her incense. Where set or shot? LORELEI OF THE SEA (1917) MARINE FILM CO. Silent Stared Tyrone Power Sr.. Set in South Seas and "Lei" of Lorelei is a Hawaiian word but need more information? LOST AND FOUND ON A SOUTH SEA ISLAND (1923) GOLDWYN Captain Blackbird's wife takes daughter and deserts him for island governor. Tahitian dress and dances, beachcomber, native Kahuna, and battles. Filmed in Tahiti. LOST CONTINENT, THE (1951) LIPPERT PICTS. Cesar Romero in his full character, leads an expedition to the top of a taboo South Seas mountain to find a missing rocket. They seem to find everything else like dinosaurs. LOST JUNGLE, THE (1934) MASCOT PICTS. Shipwrecked girlfriend on an uncharted South Pacific island full of wild animals normally found in a circus act. Also on island is a bad guy who likes her. The hero Claude Beatty (who in real life is a world known animal trainer), crashes on (believe it or not) same isle from dirigible also full of wild animals. Lots of material for Claude to work with on this island. Originally a serial edited down to one movie. Most serials being low budget don't show a proper South Seas set and this serial is the same in other words no natives or native village. LOST LAGOON (1958) UNITED ARTIST A husband and father gets away from it all, goes to a South Pacific island. He is soon presumed drown, he takes a local girlfriend and starts a resort. He later feels guilty about family he left behind. Film in Miami and Nassau. Some native parts are credited but not credited are Herbert Smith and the Coral Islanders. Sounds like a South Seas lounge band. LOVE AFFAIR (1994) WARNER BROS. Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, and Katharine Hepburn story based on the movies: LOVE AFFAIR (1939) and its remake, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957). In this 1990s version Beatty as a famous ex-pro football player and sportscaster who recently gets engaged to a high profile TV news anchor. Than he flies off to Sydney, Australia for work but on the plane he becomes himself and flirts with the Bening character. Without much luck two of the planes engines malfunction and they are forced to land on a remote Cook Island. There they have a choice to get on ships to Hawaii, Fuji, and Tahiti. They both choose Tahiti and his pursuit continues. On the first Tahitian Island stop he tells her that he is going to visit an aunt on the other side of the island and asks her to go with him, she doesn’t believe him but goes anyway. The aunt (Hepburn) is true, she ‘s lovely and the affair begins. Beautiful scenery an a bit part by Manu Tupo who plays the aunt’s house help. Later on the plane home they set a date in three months to break their current relationships and meet if its meant to be at the top of the of the Empire State Building. One doesn't show but you have to watch the real movie to find out what happens. Sadly, Hepburn's last role before her death. LOVE AFLAME (1917) UNIVERSAL Love and cannibals on a South Seas Island. Man makes bet he can go all the way to Constantinople money or the help of a woman. At the same time a woman wants out of an engagement and she runs ways disguised as a guy. The two meet and are off together. The man eventually finds out the other guy is a women they fall in love and marry even though he lost the bet. The Fiancee who kept chasing her stayed on the South Seas island of cannibals where they made him king which includes a harem of native women. LOVE FLOWER (1920) UNITED ARTISTS / D.W.GRIFFITH Innocent man returns from trip only to find wife with lover. He kills lover and flees with daughter to the South Seas where they meet wealthy young plantation owner who falls for daughter. Meanwhile a famous detective tracts them all the way to the island, comes to a dead end but ironically runs into daughters lover who unwittingly tell disc where they live. LOVE IN THE PACIFIC (1968) INTERNATIONAL FILM ENTERPRISES A “mondo” movie: part documentary and part dramatization, of “love” in Polynesia, Melanesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and other locals. Probably more of an excuse to show topless native women than anything else. Written, produced and directed by Zygmunt Sulistrowski. LOVE IN TAHITI (1957) MARIO DADA (Mexico) Looks like a Mexican Film AMOR EN TAHITI with a Germans actors playing whites and Mexicans playing Polynesians? Need more information? LOVE TAHITI STYLE (1961) ROYAL FILMS INTERNATIONAL (Italy) Aka ODISSEA NUDA (NUDE ODYSSEY 1962 US) Directed by Franco Rossi. Need more information?Seems like a typical Italian sexploitation movie of the 60s to get some innocent topless action by South Seas women. "A diary of a voyage in the South Pacific". LOVERS & LUGGERS (1937) CINESOUND (Australia) where a concert pianist goes to a South Seas island to find a giant pearl for his girlfriend than the trouble begins. Re-released as VENGEANCE OF THE DEEP (1940). LOVERS IN HAWAII'S PARADISE (1937) ??? (Japan) First Japanese talkie filmed in Hawaii. LT. ROBIN CRUSOE, USN (1966) BUENA VISTA / DISNEY Dick Van Dyke, Nancy Kwan in delightful WWII story about lost Navy man in love with South Seas native girl played by Kwan. Filmed on Kaua'i. Large, Wizard of Oz-like, Tiki God scene. LURE OF THE ISLANDS (1942) MONOGRAM Robert Lowery, Kahala & Odetta Bray & Santini Puailoa. Federal agents pose as ship wreckers land on jungle island to expose a criminal gang. One song: Tahiti Sweetie.
MA AND PA KETTLE AT WAIKIKI (1955) UNIVERSAL Marjorie Main & Percy Kilbride in funny series of "Kettle" movies. This one Pa is supposed to rescue pineapple company. Competitors think he's a genius and kidnap him to outer island. Hilo Hattie and Charley Lung play a local Ma and Pa. Filmed in Hollywood. MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND (1968) HEMISPHERE PICTS. Starring John Ashley, which means made in Philippines “B” movie. The island is a remote Pacific one with a headless monster stalking natives. Need more information? Sequel was made: BEAST OF THE DEAD (1970). MAD DOCTOR OF MARKET STREET, THE (1942) UNIVERSAL Doctor using Pacific islanders in mad research. Mala, Al Kikume “Every time traders come people die.” Shipwrecked with a man that could save their lives from natives by revealing he’s mad doctor/murderer. He saves queen’s life and natives are his slaves to repay him. Other white survivors trick King/Doctor after finding drowned dead native (Mala) and challenge the mad Doctor to raise him.
He couldn’t natives kill him. MAID’S NIGHT OUT (1938) RKO Allen Lane & Joan Fontaine in romantic/comedy where Lane’s rich father won’t pay for his son big South Seas scientific expedition unless he works blue collar for a set period of time. He meets humble girl, trouble starts, but Lane makes his goal and also adds a honeymoon to his South Seas trip. MALE AND FEMALE (1919) PARAMOUNT This is Cecil B. DeMille’s version of THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON but racer with Gloria Swanson. Part for a Kamuela Searle. MAN AND WOMAN (1920) FISCHER/JANIS FILM SERVICE (Silent) Drama set in Tahiti with leprosy and beachcombers in plot. Also known as: ANOTHER CHANCE. Young Gordon Standing playing an up and comming engineer who has a bridge collapse, he than mentally collapses and runs to a South Seas island and becomes a beachcomber. Later one of his former supervisors lands on the same island to repair a lighthouse. The forman brings along his daughter who bets the local Governor that she can just dress up a beach bum and pass him off as a civilized person. Of course she picks Gordon but he catches on and to teach her a lesson he takes her to a leprosy island where there they treat her like dirt dspite her find upbringing and proper manners. He teaches her the lesson they end up together on the island and his old forman gives him a job at lighthouse. MAN OF HONOR, A (1919) METRO PICS. (Silent) Also known as: PARADISE ISLAND (1919). Need more information? MAN OF THE MOMENT (1955) RANK ORG. (UK) British low rank becomes favorite friend of South Seas island ruler while the British are trying to add island to Common Wealth. Inia Te Wiata plays King of Tawaki. Good fun movie. MAN TO MAN (1922) UNIVERSAL/JEWEL (6 reeler- silent) Stars Harry Carey. Son of a wealthy Arizona rancher is a beachcomber on a South Seas island. He ends up caring for a daughter of a native who dies young. Then his rich dad dies and leaves his giant ranch to him. he returns home with the child to an indifferent grandfather and an evil forman. Harry exposes the evil forman, gains respect from grandfather and gains the heart of a neighboring female rancher. MAORI MAID'S LOVE, A (1916) VITA FILM CORP. (Australia/NZ) (Silent) by Raymond Longford. Need more information? MAROONED HEARTS (1920) NAT. PICTS. Shipwrecked on a South Seas island. Promising young surgeon misses an operation due to a selfish fiancee hiding a message. To regain his reputation it is suggested that he do research on a South Seas island and he does but soon after he leaves it is rumored that he died in a shipwreck. Fiancee doesn't believe it and goes to find him. She shipwrecks and ends up on the same island where the doctor is studying and sort of hiding. He actually breaks off the engagement until she is attacked by a drunken beachcomber. They go back together to get married ever after. MARRIAGE CHEAT (1924) FIRST NATION PICTURE/THOMAS INCE A presentation by Thomas H. Since. Missionary on a South Seas Island only luck with converting natives is with a young wahine who is enamored with the missionary. Rich wife of a drunken cheat tries to commit suicide by going overboard. Natives rescue her and missionary tends to her recovery. The two fall in love. The now jealous native girl tell rich husband that wife is alive and where she is located. To complicate things wife is actually pregnant so they agree she should return to husband. Soon after storm hits yacht onto reef, missionary tries to save both then husband realizes he is scrub and the other two are meant for each other so he purposefully slips into the ocean and drowns. MARRIAGE RING, THE (1918) PARAMOUNT/THOMAS INCE Enid Bennett and Jack Holt star in story of German spy and his American contact who set fire to a Hawaii sugar plantation. Drunken gambling husband with gun fights with wife, gun goes off, husband is shot, she runs away to the nearest cruise ship heading to Hawaii. On bard she meets a young future plantation owner with his mother. They hit it off and she thinks she has a good new life but husband evil husband did not die and he finds her along with a German spy friend in Hawaii. He is about to return with him but evil husband and evil German spy plan to burn plantation. The fire is already started before she can warn the owners. She and natives almost put out fire but she collapses while the son comes to her aid. The wind shifts and kills the evil husband and spy. MARS ATTACKS (1996) WARNER BROS. Tim Burton’s tribute to 50s sci-fi movies of space invaders. During the attack the film cuts to an actual scene from RAPA NUI (1994) from the chief’s reaction of disbelief than the film cuts to a mean Martian saucer knocking over a bunch of Moai (Tikis) with a giant ball like a bowling alley. Ha ha. Compare THE SIMPSONS cartoon when aliens invade their beach of world monuments including moai and of course the White House. MARTIN EDEN (1914) FAMOUS PLAYERS Hobart Bosworth in a sort of semi-autobiographical account of writer Jack London as South Seas beachcomber, successful writer and suicide at sea while returning to Hawaii. Remade as: ADVENTURES OF MARTIN EDEN, THE (1942) COLUMBIA. This version silent, needs more information? MATANGO:ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE (1963) TOHO (Japan) Stranded on a Pacific Island, hungry vacationers eat mushrooms which are actually toadstools. They in turn, turn into giant toadstools.
MAUI (1980) ??? Low budget TV like feature film. Starring a young Lisa Hartman as one of four teens meeting at the Maui airport and getting in trouble and falling in love. Also stars Robert Hegyes of TVs WELCOME BACK, KOTTER and June Lockhart and her daughters Anna and Lizabeth. Aka: JUST TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME and HAWAII HEAT. MCHALE'S NAVY (1964) UNIVERSAL Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway, George Kennedy, Claudine Longet, Bob Hastings, Billy Sands and Gavin MacLeod in funny feature version of popular TV show. McVEAGH OF THE SOUTH SEAS (1914) PROGRESSIVE MOT. PICTS. silent aka: BRUTE ISLAND. Confusing love story set in the South Seas but poor art direction. Probably filmed in Southern Cal. McVeagh is a bad guy who runs everything by the local chief from guns to gin. Local girl who likes him. His first mate that lushes after her and causes a native upraising to kill him, white girl that hates him but at end he sails off with him and white girl to San Francisco. MEET ME TONIGHT (1953) GFD (UK) Originally entitled: TONIGHT AT 8:30. Actually three playlets from writer Noel Coward. One is set in the South Seas. Need more information? MEET THE DEEDLES (1998) DISNEY Super rich surfer boys from Hawaii gets sent by angry dad to a strict Utah boarding school to learn that there’s more to life than surfing. There is? They end up trying to work as park rangers. MEET THE GIRLS (1938) 20TH CENTURY-FOX June Lang, Gene Lockhart and Lynn Bari in film about a pair of "entertainers" who lose jobs and their money in Honolulu. They stowaway on ship to San Francisco where they indirectly get involved with jewel thieves until they prove their innocence. MEN OF WAR (1995) ARCO FILMS Dolph Lundgren as an ex-Special Forces hired with others to force natives of a South Pacific island to sale land rights but Dolph and some of his men change their mind. Need more information? South Seas or South China Seas? Film in Thailand. METRO (1997) TOUCHSTONE/CARAVAN Eddie Murphy as a San Francisco cop puts a mad man away but wants to play it safe by buying two tickets to Tahiti for him and his girl friend when the killer threatened her life. The mad man escapes and kidnaps her, Eddie saves the day but they go to Tahiti anyway at the end. The Tahiti set was shot in the bay area. MEXICAN SPITFIRE AT SEA (1942) RKO Second honeymoon or a business trip? Couple on cruiser to Hawaii. Comedy. MIDWAY (1976) MIRISCH/UNIVERSAL Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Wagner and early bit by Tom Selleck. Last of major WWII big picture until 1998 and computer imaging.. Big cast and good use of real war footage. Naval war started and turned around on the Hawaiian island chain. Good “Tiki bar” scene. MILLION DOLLAR WEEKEND (1948) EAGLE LION Man takes company money and heads to Hawaii. On plane he meets pretty widow and her blackmailer who later steals his company money. Lots of O'ahu shooting. Starred Gene Raymond. They rendezvous but not atop the Empire State but back to a terrace at the Royal Hawaiian overlooking Diamond Head. The Royal Hawaiians perform. MINAMI TAIHEIYO NO WAKADAISHO (1967) TOHO (Japan) Translates “Young Guy in the South Pacific” Filmed in Hawaii. One star, Bibari Maeda who was the sarong beauty in SON OF GODZILLA. Need more information? MISS CAST AWAY & THE ISLAND GIRLS (2004) SHOWCASE ENT. Straight to video low budget bad comedy spoof about plane crashing on a deserted Pacific island with beauty queens, Noah’s ark and Jurassic pig. Cameo by Michael Jackson. Also parts by Eric Roberts, Jerry Lewis, Pat Morita and Bob Denver in his last film. MISS ROBIN CRUSOE (1954) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Amanda Blake, George Nader and "native" Rosalind Hayes. Female version, shipwrecked Miss Crusoe saves native girl. Nader also shipwrecks and later with Blake swims for passing vessel while Hayes fights off other natives. Natives seem African or are they supposed to be Melanesian who has cannibals? MISS SADIE THOMPSON (1953) COLUMBIA Rita Hayworth in classic as wild girl in a South Seas island layover along with a preacher, Jose Ferrer, and inhabited by soldiers this background makes for a dramatic story. Hanalei pier. Filmed mostly on Kaua'i. Sadie character former Honolulu bar girl. Remake of SADIE THOMPSON (1928) and RAIN (1932). Also a bit by a Charles Buchinsky, who later changed his last name to Bronson. MISS TATLOCK'S MILLIONS (1948) PARAMOUNT Robert Stack in story of idiot heir disappears from keeper in Hawaii the keeper than hires look-alike to see family in L.A.. Look-alike falls in love with heir's sister, real heir shows up with Hawaiian wife and hapa haole (half white) kids. Hilo Hattie appears. Filmed in Hollywood. MISTER ROBERTS (1955) WARNER BROS. Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Jack Lemmon and William Powell in WWII naval classic based in the Pacific. Filmed at Midway Island with scenes shot at Kaneohe M.C.A.S. with Duke Kahanamoku. Duke's scene was set as the South Seas with Duke playing a native chief. Canoe greeting scene. MOANA: OF THE SOUTH SEAS (1926) PARAMOUNT/FAMOUS PLAYERS-LASKY Early docu/drama classic about Samoa with Samoan lifestyle and values produced and directed by Robert Flaherty. MOBY DICK (1930) WARNER BROS. John Barrymore; (1956)WARNER BROS. Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart pick up native, possibly a Maori, and go hunting for legendary great white whale near the Bikini Atoll. This classic was directed by John Huston with Huston and Ray Bradbury writing the screenplay. Orson Wells played preacher on land. John Barrymore played in silent version SEA BEAST, THE (1925) WARNER BROS. MOLOKAI (1959) EUROPEA de CINE (Spain) Biography of Father Daimen. MOLOKAI:THE STORY OF FATHER DAMIEN (1999) ERA FILMS (Belgium) Big guest cast: Peter O’Toole, Sam Neill, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Wilkinson, Derek Jacobi, Leo Kern and Alice Kruge with then unknown lead David Wenham from Australia. Actually filmed on the Kalaupapa peninsula. Theatrically released only in Europe but released on tape & disc elsewhere in fall 2000. Also lots of Hawaiian cast; Keanu Kapuni-Szasz, Verona Tiki, Curtis Crabbe and many more. Also popular part Hawaiian Australian singer Kate Ceberano.
MONSOON (1943) ATLANTIS PICTS. aka ISLE OF FORGOTTEN SINS John Carradine, Sidney Toler and Gale Sondergaard star in this South Seas saga of two treasure hunters and the owner of a brothel planning to get gold off a sunken ship. Then complications follow along with an approaching monsoon. MOON AND SIXPENCE (1942) UNITED ARTISTS George Sanders in Maugham story of westerner leaving it all to paint in Tahiti, after being influenced by a small Tahitian tiki he bought in Paris. He marries native girl, paints masterpieces and dies of leprosy. Twist at the end he makes the native wife burn all his works. Native feast scene, Tahiti stock footage the rest on sound stage Shot in black & white but Tahiti scenes are interestingly shot in sepia tone and one scene is in color where they finally show the artist Gauguinish work. See TVM of same name (1959). MOONLIGHT IN HAWAII (1941) UNIVERSAL Musical/comedy about singer who brings tour group to Hawaii, two pineapple kings pursuing wealthy female visitor. Songs: Hawaiian War Chant, Lovely Hula Hands, Aloha Oe. a fun poi song, a tap dancing hula and others. Wedding luau scene with real Hawaiian Band and hula dancers. Shot in L.A. with stock footage of Aloha Tower, Moana Hotel and a backward shot of Diamond Head to open up the movie but star Johnny Downs does say Honolulu is around the point so it should be sort of backwaeds. Maria Montez plays a mainlander posing as a native with a Spanish accent. Two Kanakas have bit speaking parts but no credits. MOST DANGEROUS GAME, THE (1932) RKO-RADIOand remakes; GAME OF DEATH (1946) RKO-RADIO All both about humans being hunted on a remote isle. Where set? MOVE OVER DARLING (1963) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Doris Day, James Garner, Polly Bergen, and Chuck Connors star in remake of MY FAVORITE WIFE (1940) RKO-RADIO. Wife gets lost at sea than on a beautiful and remote Pacific Island with a Connors for five years. She remains faithful and returns to now remarried husband on his honeymoon. Note of interest: MOVE OVER DARLING is also the remake of Marilyn Monroe’s last picture by FOX which she never finished. It was titled, SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE and it co-starred Dean Martin. MR. ROBINSON CRUSOE (1932) UNITED ARTISTS/ELTON CORP. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. betting he can survive on South Seas island like the real Mr. Crusoe and he does a great job. Soon a Polynesian beauty finds him while running away from her betroth and later after a bit of heaven the boyfriend returns angry and with some fellow angry natives.
MR. WINKLE GOES TO WAR (1944) COLUMBIA Edgar G. Robinson in WWII comedy of soldier in the Pacific. MUTINY OF THE BOUNTY (1916) CRICK & JONES (Australian) (Silent) by Raymond Longford. First (of 5) movie version of this famous story. Need more information? Wilton Power who played Christian was the only Christian who did not become a mega star and it wasn't because he was Australian because two of the four future Christians were discovered in Australia: Eroll Flynn and Mel Gibson. Word is film does not exist anymore. MUTINY ON THE BLACKHAWK (1939) UNIVERSAL Blackbirders bribe Hawaiian chief to take his subjects to California than the Hawaiians mutiny en route. They than join U.S. effort in fighting Mexico. Mamo Clark had a part in this 1840 story. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935) MGM Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Mamo Clark, Movita & Francis Tone. *Important notes: Oscar for best picture & only time three actors were nominated for best actor from one movie, none of them won. Also it is said the James Cagney
& David Niven were extras in this classic; (1962) MGM Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris and Tarita all starring in classic story of mean captain and crew who make mutinous plans while stopping over in Tahitian paradise. Robert Surtees cameraman. Canoe greeting scenes. Also see: IN THE WAKE OF THE BOUNTY (1932) and THE BOUNTY(1984). Movie connection with MGM films is Marlon Brando of the "62" film was married to Movita of the "35" film. More trivia; Movita is a faux Tahitian name that Mexican/American actress Maria Castaneda used because like most Mexican/American actresses of the time made a half career playing (w)tahine (Polynesian female) rolls. Part three of trivia; after Movita, Marlon married a real tahine and lived happily on a real Tahitian private island with real family dramas. MY ENEMY THE SEA (1963) ISHIHARA (Japan) TAIHEIYO HITORI-BOTCHI A young Japanese man sails an 18-foot craft, alone, from Osaka to Honolulu then on to San Francisco. Aka ALONE ON THE PACIFIC. MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1929) MGM Lionel Barrymore; (1961) COLUMBIA/CHARLES SCHEER PROD. (British) From Jules Verne novel and stars Herbert Loom. Confederate prison escapees blown off course in their balloon. They than land on an uncharted Pacific isle (36 south, 153 west) inhabited by giant animals (crabs, bees, bird) and Captain Nemo. Also giant squid and catastrophic volcano ending. Effects by the famed Ray Harryhausen. Got to check out the giant turkey like bird eating scene. Also of note: although not the original but this movie set the standard of “evil rulers volcanic lair” settings. Remade see: JOURNEY 2 THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (2012) NEW LINE CINEMA NAKED AND THE DEAD, THE (1958) RKO-RADIO PICS. All-star Army actor cast: Aldo Ray, Cliff Robinson, Richard Jaeckel, Raymond Massey and Joey Bishop. Movies starts in "Jungle Bar-Honolulu 1943" with all haole female strippers or woman of questionable past, who doesn't strip and tons of rowdy soldiers. Some of these soldiers or some of our cast are shipped to the South Seas to battle socially friends on a South Sea isle, one seduces other's wife, leaves, the other kills himself. From a Norman Mailer novel. NATE AND HAYES (1983) PARAMOUNT (U.S./ New Zealand) Michael O'Keefe, Tommy Lee Jones as Bully Hayes in lite pirate adventure with fat Polynesian king and killer natives in killer canoes. Filmed in Fiji and New Zealand. Lots of similar scenes to years later giant hit PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN (2003) DISNEY. NATION'S PERIL (1914) MACRAE/BISON/LURIN MFG. CO. Early silent detective adventure starting in New York and ending in Hawaii. Pali locations and downtown, with William Crawford. NAVIGATOR, THE (1924) BUSTER KEATON PRODS. (silent) Buster Keaton classic where he and girlfriend are cast adrift on an empty ship which ends up in the South Seas off an coconut covered island full of fierce Melanesian warriors. Film in Southern Cal with fake Melanesians and coconut trees. Polynesian outrigger canoe greeting scene by non natives where canoes go all over the place and there not greeting but attacking. NAVY BLUES (1941) WARNER BROS. Ann Sheridan, Jackie Oakie, Martha Raye, Jack Haley, Jack Carson & Jackie Gleason. Four of a kind Jacks. On a layover in Hawaii two sailors lays bets that their ship will win the Marksmanship trophy. NAVY VS. THE NIGHT MONSTERS, THE (1966) STANDARD CLUB OF CALIF./JACK BRODER PRODS. Mamie Van Doren, Bobby Van and Pamela Mason in "B" as in bomb movie of man-eating trees transported from the ice of Antarctica. After the trees kill passengers and co-pilot of a military transport the shocked pilot lands the plane at his scheduled stop on a the fictitious South Pacific isle of "Gull" where its inhabitants, Navy and its civilian workers have to deal with the killer trees. No natives on the isle. Only genre with killer mushrooms, two different trees and a giant moth. NAVY WIFE (1935) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Ralph Bellamy and Claire Trevor in story of devoted wife in Honolulu base. Dock lei greeting scene, luau with Polynesian dance. Backward Diamond Head rear projection off cruise ship. Some O'ahu location shooting. NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET (1923) COSMOPOLITAN/MGM Consequences of interracial marriage even though island princess was already a hapa (half breed); (1931) MGM Talkie with Conchita Montenegro and Leslie Howard. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Filmed in Tahiti with feast, dancing and waterfall/lagoon scenes. Good drama with proper Howard with proper fiancée, is in charge of taking care of his dad’s friend’s hapa Tahitian daughter. Howard gets caught up in her raw sexually, directness and simple ways. He drops everything and goes back to live with the hapa in Tahiti only to find the food and life style to hard for him and most importantly his Tahiti dream girl continues to be sexually liberal with the native men. He gets internally angry, hits native girl, becomes a drunken beachcomber until old fiancée comes to rescue him. Howard, in turn, rescues a fellow drunken beachcomber who he swore earlier he would never become. Ironically, earlier he beachcomber warned Howard he would be trapped in paradise and become a drunken beachcomber also. Classic Paradise is hell plot. NEW GUINEA: ISLAND OF THE CANNIBAL (1974) DIA INTRNTL. FILMS (Italy) NUOVA GUINEA, L’ISOLA DEI CANNIBALI Italian poster shows topless New Guinea women and two very close men. Need more information? NIGHTS ON TAHITI (1958) SILVER FILMS (German) Nächte auf Tahiti Martine Carol, Karlheinz Bohm, Roger Livesy, Serge Reggiani Need more Information? Aka: THE STOWAWAY NGATI (1987) NEW ZEA. FILM COMM. (New Zealand) Directed by Barry Barclay and starred Wi Kuki Kaa and many other Maori. Three stories (closure of a big job producing plant, a sick boy and a doctor from Australia) set in an east coast New Zealand town culminating into one ending. NO MAN IS AN ISLAND (1962) UNIVERSAL Jeffery Hunter in true story of soldier trapped on Guam during WWII. Shot in the Philippines and Guam’s Chamorro weren’t happy. NON-STOP FLIGHT, THE (1926) EMORY JOHNSON PRODS./R-C PICS. Fiction of historic flight to Hawaii but plane runs out of fuel, crashes and drifts to uncharted isle. NONE BUT THE BRAVE (1965) WARNER BROS. Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker and Tommy Sands in WWII drama of troop plane crashing on remote Pacific isle inhabited by a stranded patrol of Japanese soldiers. Good conflict with the over riding thought of senseless killing since everyone is stranded anyway. Compare HELL IN THE PACIFIC (1968). Filmed on Kaua'i. NORTH (1994)CASTLE ROCK ENT. Filmed by Rob Reiner, starring future Frodo Baggins, Elijah Wood and a non-credited Bruce Willis. It's about a boy who is searching for new parents which even brings him to Hawaii to try out locals. Hawaii segment filmed on Kaua'i. Local but none Hawaiian Keone Young plays Gov. Ho. NORTH SHORE (1987) UNIVERSAL Arizona surf king learns Hawaii isn't easy, loves local girl played by part-Filipino mainlander after Californian part-Hawaiian was fired. Gregory Harrison plays retired surfer with local Hawaiian, Loke Lau as his wife. NUDE ODYSSEY (1962) PCM/FRANCINEX (Fr./Ital./US) An Italian filmmaker heads for Polynesia to shot but ends up helping American woman find husband, has hot romance with Tahitian women, lives with two women in mansion, then befriends boy and priest feels quilt and returns home. Hawaiian Elisabeth Logue plays Matae. Aka: LOVE TAHITI STYLE.
OCEANO (1971) PEA (Italy) Adventure/Romance possibly set in South Seas. Need more information? Foreign CD covers of soundtrack reveal a very South Seas image. OMOO OMOO, THE SHARK GOD (1949) SCREEN GUILD PRODS./ ELSA PICS. Loosely based on book of same name and written by Herman Melville. Set on the isle of Taviti where a cursed captain returns to retrieve giant black pearls he stolen off the eyes of a sacred Shark God Tiki and buried it nearby. His even more greedy first mate kills the captain for them while a good sailor and the captains daughter want them return to the natives. The curse is passed on to the daughter when the captain is murdered. This complicates things because she is the only one who knows where the pearls are buried. Monkeys, snakes, tigers in this low budget film. Also native rituals. ON AN ISLAND WITH YOU (1948) MGM Ester Williams, Peter Lawford, Jimmy Durante, Cyd Charisse, Ricardo Montalban, Xavier Cugat in musical/love story in Hawaii while filming a South Seas movie. Filmed mostly in Hollywood. Cellophane hula in tropical club, pagan dance number, flamingos, toucans, painted bodies and Cugat music. Montalban plays a Spaniard playing a native and Cugat plays Cugat. On set Ester has brown paint, Cugat carries a Chihuahua wearing a hula outfit. A South Seas movie about a South Seas Movie. Al Kikume bit part. ON THE ISLE OF SAMOA (1950) COLUMBIA Jon Hall who is part Tahitian and usually plays a native but in this film he plays a white man who falls in love with a native girl. ONCE WERE WARRIORS (1994) FINE LINE FEATURES/COMMUNICADO Stars Maoris; Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison and Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell and directed by Lee Tamahori. This highly acclaimed and highly rewarded film portrays a very modern, poor, dysfunctional, Maori family in a powerful and graphic way (lots of violence and profanity). The warrior theme ran throughout the movie with the macho father, the Maori tattooed eldest boy with his fellow tattooed “Toa” gang members and the younger teen son who in reform school learns “Hakas” as part of his rehabilitation. But the true stars of the film were the women who struggle to survive with the drunkenness and violence of their lives which is almost international. 100 CULTURED YEARS (1940) ??? (New Zealand) Film about New Zealand’s History witch includes the Pakea’s dealings with the Maori. Need more information? ONE WAY PASSAGE (1932) WARNER-VITAPHONE William Powell and Kay Francis. Doomed criminal on cruise liner meets dying rich girl. Plans to escape in Honolulu where boys are diving for coins (stock shot), lots of steel guitar music in b.g. (including Aloha Oe) and romantic moonlight beach scene. Remade: TIL WE MEET AGAIN (1940). ONE WAY WAHINE (1965) UNITED SCREEN ARTS Two large breasted, runaway, teenage girls get involved with stolen money, violence and robbery. Filmed and set on O'ahu. Edgar Bergen plays a beachcomber. OPERATION BIKINI (1963) AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL WWII action/drama with Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon, Jim Backus and Gary Crosby. Story starts in "South Pacific August 1944" with U.S. submarine picking up a special underwater demolition team. This team is made up of former bikini beach cast and taken up for a serious mission to the Bikini Atoll. There, they are to destroy a sunken U.S. sub that is equipped with a prototype of Navy's latest radar device. The sub is surrounded by a huge Japanese fleet but with the help of natives made up of a confusing mixed race, they accomplished their goal. Though a serious movie Avalon does sing twice, both times in dreams with Hawaii and Tahiti backgrounds and colored filtered tints aka. SOUTH PACIFIC. And amazingly at the end the movie shows atom bomb testing at the atoll with narrator remarking: "...chances are Bikini will be remembered for something else; not a bomb, not a battle but (pause) a bathing suit". Fade in color scenes of beautiful bikini clad women on the beach with very up beat music in background as end credits roll. Totally out of sync with the rest of the movie. Sign of the times I guess or the Producers did not want to disappoint the audience who were waiting for Annette and big waves to appear. OPERATION PACIFIC (1951) WARNER BROS. John Wayne, Patricia Neal in WWII navy action/drama. Submarine action strong but shore leave drama weak with the Duke trying to rewind ex-wife, nurse at Aiea Heights Naval Hospital. Tiff between rowdy and drunken naval crew and some Hawaiians at luau, all was fine until hula dancers left. Aftermath scene at brig with Hawaiians wanting compensation for broken ukuleles and other damages. Terms were met when peacemaker Wayne found out that the Hawaiians sold illegal and potent okole'hau. Hawaiian were lead by Al Kikume. Sub crew wore leis, couple hula outfits and not many shirts. O'ahu location shooting. Sub based at Pearl Harbor. OPERATION PETTICOAT (1959) UNIVERSAL Cary Grant, Tony Curtis in comedy about a WWII submarine's wacky adventures in the Pacific from the Philippines to Australia. Luau scene on submarine's deck. Filmed in Key West, Florida. Curtis says he joined the Navy and became an actor because he saw Cary Grant in DESTINATION TOKYO. Asked by studio what movie he would like to do? Of course he answered: "...a service movie with Cary Grant." He got his wish on OPERATION PETTICOAT. ORIENTAL VANITIES (1952) PACIFIC PICTURES Filmed on O’ahu in Honolulu, Waikiki and in a strip joint. Two comedians run around town mimicking the hula and “missing the boat” so they have to work at the strip club. No Orientals involved. Another title used: Burlesque in Hawaii. OTHER HALVES (1984) ??? (New Zealand) Love breaks color, age and class barriers in urban, contemporary Auckland. Cast includes Mark Pilisi as the young Polynesian lover and Lisa Harrow as middle class housewife who fall in love with each other despite obvious problems. OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN, THE (2002) EXCEL ENERTNMT. GROUP Small indie but big hearted true story of an early Mormon missionary out in the fringe islands of Tonga. Great photography, charming acting by locals as well as the missionary. If one doesn’t have a hang up with Mormonism then this can be entertaining for all. Hurricane scene. DVD & VHS distributed by DISNEY. Young stars Christopher Gorham and Anne Hathaway as well as many native cast notably Joe Folau, Nathaniel Lees and Alvin Fitisemanu.
OTHERSIDE OF PARADISE (1992) BBC/SOUTH PACIFIC FILMS (Britain/New Zealand) Base on 1987 novel by Barber Noel this story is a about a British doctor banished to a South Seas Island where he marries a descendant of a famous painter and using a secret stash of paintings to finance a full equipped hospital. Set with real b.g. of disease and WWII on a South Seas Island called Koraluna. Filmed on the Cooked Islands with many Poly actors like Jay Laga’aia, Tereapii Enua and Stephen Kanava.
PACIFIC BANANA (1981) SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FILM CORP. Two Australian pilots, working for a small South Seas airline try to find love on different Polynesian ports. PACIFIC DESTINY (1956) BRITISH LION FILMCORPS. (British) True story of British officer trying to quell native disputes. Inia Te Wiata in cast. PACIFIC LINER (1939) RKO-RADIO Barry Fitzgerald in formula plot on epidemic aboard ship. Compare KILLER ON BOARD (1977). Ship sails from China to San Francisco. Need more information? PACIFIC RENDEZVOUS (1942) MGM / LOWE’S INC. Jean Rogers in WWII spy drama. Jeans boyfriend wants to serve in the Pacific, she plans so he doesn't. Need more information? Does he ever get there? Review by New York Times film critic BOSLEY CROWTHER Published: July 8, 1942 "By one of those quaint confusions which sometimes occur in films, the geographical locale of Metro's "Pacific Rendezvous" is not even remotely near the area where you would naturally expect it to be but is rigidly confined within the limits of Washington, D. C." I guess that answers that. PAGAN, THE (1929) MGM Ramon Novarro in hit movie of hapa (half-breed) youth sunning, swimming, love making and singing, with an operatic voice: The Pagan Love Song. Filmed in Papeete. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Part talkie, part topless. Nice film with love drama with another hapa native girl from another island but with a mean white care giver who takes advantage of Ramon's easy go lucky mind and his big coconut plantation that Roman inherited. Seems like handsome Novarro is get as many fans today as he did back then. PAGAN ISLAND (1961) CINEMA SYN./CENTURY A Nani Maka plays the character Nani Maka who is a princess on a all girl island. Man shipwrecks there where the women hate all men. Maka is to be sacrificed to Tiki sea god but she and man escape. She gets killed by a giant clam. Underwater scenes shot in the Seaquarium in Miami. Another bell. "B" movie filmed in Florida now a cult-classic want-a-be with the worse looking tiki in filmdom but Miss Maka looks Polynesian.
PAGAN LOVE SONG (1950) MGM Ester Williams being romanced in Tahiti also Rita Moreno and Howard Keel. Plantation owner, native sword dance, of course, a water ballet and brown painted Ester diving for coins. Exteriors filmed on Kaua'i. PAINTED WOMAN (1932) FOX Spencer Tracy on a South Seas island and in a drama involving a woman of questionable past. A sea captain finds out about her past and just dumps her on the beachcomber Tracy’s island. Tracy ends up marrying her but later captain comes back to marry her also. The captain gets killed, everyone blames the woman, even Tracy. Heavy. No paradise for Tracy nor the captain nor the woman. PARADISE (1926) FIRST NAT. PICS. Need more information?
PARADISE FOUND (2003) ADELAIDE MOTION PICTS/LIONS GATE (Australia/UK) Newer story of famous painter Paul Gauguin but this time Kiefer Sutherland playing Gauguin like character with Nastassja Kinski. Not much Polynesians found or listed in cast. Film in Czech Republic and Queensland, Australia. One scene has the artist Kiefer fighting over the destruction of Tikis idols with the local Tahitian priest. PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE (1966) PARAMOUNT Elvis Presley runs charter air service with girl in every island. Can't beat the mix of Elvis and Hula. They both can move those hips. PARADISE ISLAND (1930) TIFFANY Musical/romance & love triangle in the South Seas. “Natives are lazy” Native women speak Spanish. “You know any white girl on the island?” Natives are portrayed lazy and they flee a fight and enjoy cock fights. All the white men after one white girl. PARADISE ISLE (1937) MONOGRAM With Movita, blind painter is shipwrecked on South Sea island, native girl saves him and dives in shark-infested waters for pearls to bring eye doctor to him. Jealous but understanding native boyfriend. Shot in Samoa. Later retitled as; SIREN OF THE SOUTH SEAS. PARADISE LAGOON (1957) COLUMBIA Based on classic book by James Barrie titled and movie's original title: ADMIRABLE CRITCHTON, THE. Story of resourceful servant who helps his rich, helpless, shipwrecked co-passengers. PARDON MY SARONG (1942) UNIVERSAL Abbott and Costello in musical/comedy. They are lost on a South Seas island with jewel thieves ripping-off naive natives. Lots of fake greenery, hulas and brown painted natives. Also a big bell, fake volcano and sacrifice, feast, shark and swordfish attack. The film features "A Chorus of Jungle Junior Misses" and the intoxicating effect of kava Song “Lovely Luana”. Also bad Universal costumes and dances, one jazz. Chief wears feathered Art Deco outfit. Lions and a zebra? Number 2 in box office for 1942. PARIS PLAYBOYS (1954)ALLIED ARTIST Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and the rest of the Bowery Boys in Paris but one seen has Huntz in a hammock surrounded by native beauties in a tropical setting. Need more information? PASSION FRUIT (1921) METRO A "hula hula" expert and Hawaiian daughter of a plantation owner involved in love story. Location shooting on O'ahu. PATU (1983) ??? (New Zealand) Independent Film by Maori Merata Mita. Although the title is of Maori origin the film is about the protesting of racism in 1981 surrounding the tour of the South African Rugby team. PEARL HARBOR (2001) DISNEY Michael Bay directs a Jerry Bruckheimer film which has the largest pre approved budget in film history, $130 million. Stars Ben Afflict, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Alex Baldwin. Good 40 min. attack sequence but bland love triangle that surrounds the attack. Visuals are great but no sub-plots of the prospectives of local islanders. Perhaps the next movie on Pearl Harbor. PEARL OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC (1955) RKO Virginia Mayo stars in sarong and in murder plot of treasure of black pearls guarded by giant octopus. Tikis canoes and sarongs. What more can one ask for? PERFECT GETAWAY (2009) UNIVERSAL A nature couple on a hiking trip to Hawaii find out that there is a killer on the island of Kauai that preys on hikers. They are very suspicious about a couple they meet on the trail. Good ending. Filmed mostly in Puerto Rico & Kauai. PERFECT SNOB, THE (1941) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Lynn Bari, Cornel Wilde and Anthony Quinn in plot of girl finding, in Hawaii, husband of her dreams, loving and rich. She finds, instead, poor loving guy who later turns out to be a rich plantation owner. PIANO, THE (1993) MIRAMAX FILMS Highly acclaimed film starring Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel and Sam Neill. Holly received Peoples Choice, Golden Globe award and an Oscar that year for best actress playing a mute English lady in the mid 1800s. She had a properly arranged marriage to a New Zealander pakea (white) and she travels to this exotic and remote location with her two prized possessions, her daughter, another Oscar winner, and her piano. The plantation owner bridegroom trades the piano to a neighbor because he doesn't want to make the effort to retrieve the now abandon heavy piano on a distant beach which devastates the new bride. Lots of interaction with native Maori, some as subservient, beautiful scene of large Maori war canoe hauling piano and interesting note of Neill's plantation character which is that he dedicates most of his time staking out more and more land while the natives rest. Note of interest: Young actress Anna Paquin, who won the other Oscar for her supporting role as the daughter, at that time she was the youngest winner. Interesting movie connection in 2003 the even younger Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated for Best Actress in WHALE RIDER. Castle-Hughes didn’t win but it pays to play a young girl in a Maori film.
PICASSO TRIGGER (1988) A. SEDARIS Low budget spy flick. Set and filmed partly in Hawaii. PICTURE BRIDE (1995) CECILE FILMS Story of Japanese picture brides who through long distance arranged marriages were brought to Hawaii to work in the hot fields and marry insensitive husbands who can only get jobs working in foreign fields. Filming was tough with a rookie director, little pay and rough hot long working days, it seems the actors, extras and crews got a touch of the real conditions of the picture brides. Filmed mostly in the cane fields of Wailua. PINKY (1949) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Starred Jeanne Crain. Still has her in a hula outfit even though the story is set in the south. Need more information? PIPPI IN THE SOUTH SEAS (1974) N.W.RUSSO (Swedish/German) Unbelievable story of Pippi Longstocking single-handedly fighting off pirates in the "South Pacific". Lions, crocodiles, pirates, volcanoes, sharks and steel guitar music in b.g.. Dubbed in English. No natives except brown-painted guy on pirate ship. Filmed in Europe and Bahamas. PIRATES' ISLAND (1990) GRUNDY TV/TELE ESPANOLA (Australia/Spain) Young, Australian teens fly a balloon into a storm which takes them into a Pacific Island where descendants of Blue Beard, who still live in the past, have enslaved the native villagers and continually hunt for buried treasure. Also giant monsters live on the island. Made for youth market. POPCORN: AN A/V ROCK THING (1969) ??? Hippie pop cultural flick with lots different entertainers PORT OF MISSING GIRLS (1938) MONOGRAM with Harry Carey and a part for silent star Betty Compson.
Judith Allen plays the women of questionable past stows away on a freighter heading to a Hong Kong from San Francisco but first they stop at outside island known for harboring fugitives. A crew member falls for Allen, a couple recognizes the wanted Allen at the island BUT Allen also learns of a plot to rob the good ship that just dropped her off. She saves them by risking her freedom.
PRIDE OF THE MARINES (1945) WARNER BROS./1ST NATL. John Garfield and Eleanor Parker in true story of Al Schmid a Guadalcanal WWII hero who lost his sight and struggles to readjust after the war. Set in Solomon Islands and the states. No time for paradise here, just war drama. PRISONER OF JAPAN (1942) ATLANTIS PICT. CORP. Early WWII film of an American civilian caught on a Mid Pacific island where the Japanese have taken over and use to spy and destroy American ships. PRIVATE NAVY OF SERGEANT O'FARRELL, THE (1968) COLUMBIA Bob Hope, Gina Lollobrigida and Phyllis Diller. Hope tries to import beautiful nurses for his sailors but gets Diller instead. Some critics claim this comedy is one of Hope's worst. Hope is stationed in Hawaii and on a fictional South Pacific Island named: Funapee. Connection with spoof of FROM HERE TO Eternity’s famous "kissing on beach" scene but here Hope almost drowns. Steel guitar score and monkey. PRIVATE WAR OF LUCINDA SMITH (1990) REVCOM (Australia) Three ladies take revenge on a man. Set and filmed in Samoa. PROUD AND THE PROFANE (1956) PARAMOUNT William Holden and Deborah Kerr in another one of her very dramatic WWII pictures. This time, as a recent war widow, she joins the Red Cross and serves in New Caledonia where she meets a dashing, brash, and harden marine colonel who finally gets her to fall in love with him and gets her pregnant. She than finds out that he is married but they haven’t loved each other in years and she's on her death bed. Kerr is later transferred to Guadalcanal where they meet again. No apparent location shooting and natives are only mentioned and shown as poor. The art direction was very wrong. PT-109 (1963) WARNER BROS. Cliff Robertson in John F. Kennedy story about his fighting in the WWII Solomon Islands. Also starred Robert Culp and Robert Blake. PUBLICITY MADNESS (1927) FOX Lois Moran as PR man who devises a contest with huge prize money for the first person who flies nonstop to Hawaii then he does it himself to save his job and gets the boss' daughter. Compare Bing as PR man in WAIKIKI WEDDING. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (2002) REVOLUTION STUDIOS Adam Sadler looking for love. Some scenes shot in Hawaii & set in Hawaii also. Royal Hawaiian Hotel is features. Mostly set in Utah. PURSUED (1934) 20TH FOX Nice young native woman, Mona, from a South Seas island is saving her money to move to San Francisco. Meanwhile young nephew of plantation owner arrives to save the farm. The two fall in love, a bad land grabber tries to kill nephew twice. She shoots the bad guy at the end and they lived happily ever after.
QUICK BEFORE IT MELTS(1964) MGM Stars Robert Morse who is a so so photographer with a so so assignment to the south pole but on the way he runs into a Maori girl. Need more information? Tiare Marshall? Do they stop in Aotearoa (NZ)? QUIET EARTH, THE (1958) ??? (New Zealand) From the “Dooms Day” sub-genre of the “Sci-fi” genre comes a Zealand version. The lone white male survivor of a nuclear holocaust finds that he’s not alone. Low and behold also surviving is a beautiful white girl and a dark Maori young man. Typical Harry Belefonte triangle treatment. I did not know interracial relationships were that tabu in Aotearoa because lots of Maori’s have English blood.
RACE THE SUN (1996) TRISTAR Based on true story of Konawaena High students building and racing a solar car. Stars Halle Berry and Jim Belushi with a real Hawaiian student Moki Cho, who plays a big, sly but smart Samoan. Other Hawaiian students have parts. RAIN (1932) FEATURE PRODS./ LEWIS MILESTONE Joan Crawford and Walter Huston version of SADIE THOMPSON (1928) and MISS SADIE THOMPSON (1954). RAINBOW BRIDGE (1972) TRANSVUE PICS. Rock concert docu/drama of hippies leaving L.A. to live in Hawaii and set on a upcountry Mau'i pasture. Jimi Hendrix plays himself (note: Hendrix died in 1970) A soundtrack album features Hendrix's Pali Gap. RAINBOW ISLAND (1944) PARAMOUNT Good cast of Mexican-American actresses playing natives with stranded merchant marines. Dorothy Lamour in sarong and her tongue in cheek. Also starring Eddie Bracken, Olga San Juan, Elena Verdugo and Yvonne De Carlo. Sounds like a South Seas must See. Navy men plane wrecked on an island of thinly clad women. Lagoon scene. Dorothy plays a haole believe it or not who had shipwrecked there earlier and has been taken in by the natives who of course give her sarongs. Costumes by Edith Head. Bad Art Direction, women have classic look but the men? Tikis. Maori and Aztec designs. Luau
feast. Hawaiian & Samoan words. Couples running off. RAINBOW WARRIOR (1992) CAPITAL CITIES/ABC Jon Voight and Sam Neill in this US/NZ production about the sinking and investigation of Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior mother ship in New Zealand. Modern boat greeting scene complete with flowers and Maori music. Also scene of Greenpeace's protest of French nuclear testing in French Polynesia. Good nuclear-free Pacific message. RAPA NUI (1994) WARNER BROS. Starring Part-Hawaiian Jason Scott Lee in a pre-whiteman love story. Set and filmed in Easter Island with an almost all Polynesian cast. Most roles were played by Maoris. REGENERATION (1923) NORMAN FILM CO. Stella Mayo in "A Romance of the Southern Seas". Filmed in Jacksonville, Florida with an all African American cast. Need more information? REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR (1942) REPUBLIC PICS. Fun G.I., Don Barry, feels guilty about indirectly causing the death of one of his compadres in the Pearl Harbor attack era of Honolulu. He more than makes up being the hero in other Pacific theatre battles. RED MORNING (1935) RKO Steffi Duna & Raymond Hatton in adventure/drama set in New Guinea with a “shipwrecked white girl” and mutiny. Duna plays tomboy daughter of sea captain. Crew mutinies, Duna ends up on island (New Guinea) sheds most of her clothes to adapt to her environment and then she's no tomboy anymore. Soon she discovers non-friendly natives on same island but her fiance rescues her just in time. RESCUE, THE (1929) GOLDWYN/UA (9 reeler silent) British adventurer hide island prince and his sister from restless natives. He tries to help prince reclaim island but get sided tracked by rich English couple arriving on their yacht. He then has an affair with wife. Soon angry natives attack yacht, wife escapes to get help from the adventurer, lust takes over, husband is killed, yacht destroyed. Guilty adventurer sends wife away and spends rest of life as a beachcomber. Part for Duke Kahanamoku. RESCUING ANGEL,THE (1919) FAMOUS PLAYERS A young woman, Shirley Mason, visits her uncle in Hawaii and meets two wealthy admirers, who follows her back to the U.S. mainland. RETURN OF GODZILLA (1984) TOHO (Japan) Raymond Burr as special guest of this American version of GOJIRA. Burr is a reporter who witnesses the destruction of Tokyo by this South Seas monster. Damn, the Japanese just rebuilt the city from the last movie he was in. RETURN TO PARADISE (1953) ASPEN PICTS./UA/MGM Gary Cooper falls in love with South Sea native girl. Filmed in Samoa. From James Michener's book. Moira MacDonald, a hafa kasi (half breed), played Copper’s hafa kasi daughter with good reviews. The mother was the only fake, brown-painted native while many real native Samoans had speaking parts and did a good job. One of now veteran Cooper's best performances. RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON (1991) COLUMBIA Sequel to popular BLUE LAGOON, THE (1980) with new young actors. Again filmed in Fiji but this time on the island of Taveuni. Fijians where again present in this version but not identified as such. Future star Milla Jovovich. RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND (1954) WORLD FILMS Tab Hunter in a modern sequel of Stevenson's classic with more selfish people going after treasure. People never change. This story places the secret island west of Nicaragua. REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER, THE (1956) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Jane Russell, Richard Egan, and Agnes Moorehead in story of aggressive woman with a questionable past was driven by police out of San Francisco, lands in Honolulu than buys up land in aftermath of Pearl Harbor but gives it all away and returns to mainland sadder and wiser. Mostly filmed on O'ahu. Director Raul Walsh. Great Honolulu brothel scenes with Russell doing a hula number on stage with four dancers as backups with cellophane skirts, great image. Good Pearl Harbor attack scene from civilian point of view. REWI'S LAST STAND (1925) HAYWARD PICS. (New Zealand) Drama/romance based on famous incident during the Maori Wars of 1860's; (1940) HAYWARD PICS. Sound version. Must see movie for Maori and everyone like the Alamo the Maori’s “Last Stand” has the natives being out numbered 6 to 1 but they would not surrender. RHAPSODY IN AUGUST (1991) FEATURE FILM ENTP. (Japan) Hachi-gatsu no kyôshikyoku Starring Richard Gere in Japanese produced movie written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. Richard plays a hapa (half breed) Japanese from Hawaii who visits his aunt in Japan. They did shoot in Hawaii where Richard's Japanese father immigrated changed citizenship and married a European/American wife. RHYTHM OF THE ISLANDS (1943) UNIVERSAL Musical/romance. Two Americans men sell a Pacific island to other Americans than natives arrive to reclaim their island. Eventually bad feelings blow over and two haole (white) couples are happily married in native ceremony. Note: prologue title states that film should be seen as taking place before the war. Good Hollywood turning point from happy escapism to serious life. Andy Devine stars. RIDE, THE (2003) INDIE Made for TV because the aspect ratio but was well enough made for and was released in some theaters. Did tour film festivals. Top three stars were first time film actors and did a professional job. Two of the three were Hawaiian Sean Kaawa & Mary Paalani. Sean played a young Duke Kahanamoku as the other main character played a Haole pompous world champion surfer who near drowns back in time and meets the Duke and also learns to humble himself. The film and characters are much better than the plot. RIDE THE WILD SURF (1964) COLUMBIA Fabian, Tab Hunter set in Hawaii for their beach party. Hunter ends up with local hapa-haole girl. Highly valued film for surf movie fans. RIVER QUEEN (2005) SILVERSCREEN (NZ/UK) Story o a young Irish woman who immigrated to Aotearoa (NZ) in the middle of the Maori English Wars with a father fighting for the Britsh army and having fallen love with a Maori teen and mothering a half cast son out of wedlock. Stars Samantha Morton, Rawiri Pene,Cliff Curtis, Temuera Morrison, Wi Kuki Kaa, Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Rea. ROAD TO BALI (1952) PARAMOUNT Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour team up again in this "South Seas" isle Geography is sketchy, the Bing and Bob find themselves northwest of Australia. The costumes say South China Seas but the cliches are South Seas Cinema with Hapa princess who swims in a serene lagoon, a giant squid, and volcano god and eruption. Connection note: sign on the guest bedroom door reads; “Sadie Thompson Slept Here.” ROAD TO SINGAPORE (1940) PARAMOUNT Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. Two Pacific traveling bachelors meet girl in "Southern Sea" island called Kaigoon which lies west of Australia. Their stop before was Hawaii but we only see them in a post card. They never reach Singapore. Natives are a Asian, Polynesian mix. ROBINSON CRUSOE (1952) OSCAR DANCIGERS (Mexican) Shot in English and Spanish by famous Mexican/Spanish director Luis Buñuel. See ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE need information on setting of story? Also (1927) by M.A.Wetherell writer/director/star also need more information? ROBINSON CRUSOE (1996) MIRAMAX Pierce Brosnan stars in remake of what started to be a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV special. But because it looked so good Miramax shot new footage and used additional stock footage for the big screen. Was originally shot in New Guinea by Australia in the spring of 1994. This time Friday was a Maori and it was set in the South Pacific. ROUGHNECK, THE (1924) 20TH CENT. FOX (8 reeler silent) Romantic/Adventure set in the South Seas. Stars Harvey Clark and George O’Brien. As a boy O'Brien is set ashore after evil boyfriend/captain of his mother says it's was a sea accident. Boy grows up a tough street fighter, thinks he kills a guy in fight, runs to an island with help of a young women who wants to paint in the tropics. A native girl helps O'Brien while mom's ex boyfriend now wants to ride off with the young female painter. All is exposed at the end with mom finding son O'Brien alive, he beats up old boyfriend, rescues painter, takes her back to mainland with mom and yes they all live happier eve rafter because the guy he thought he killed was actually still living. RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP (1958) HILL HECHT LANCASTER PRODS. Clark Gable and Bert Lancaster in WWII Pacific submarine drama with opening scenes set in Pearl Harbor but shot in Hollywood. Very dramatic with these two actor legends in conflict