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S.O.S. PACIFIC (1960) UNIVERSAL Richard Attenborough and others crash lands on a Pacific Island then only to find out it is a nuclear test site which is set for a blast in five hours. Compare THE NEW PEOPLE 1969-70 ABC TV Series.
SADIE THOMPSON (1928) UNITED ARTISTS / GLORIA SWANSON PRODS. Miss Swanson and Lionel Barrymore. Later talkie versions called RAIN (1932) and MISS SADIE THOMPSON (1954) This silent version was produced by Miss Swanson with no apparent location shooting. The story was written by, Somerset Maugham and set in Pago Pago. Except for the hotel keeper's wife, natives were only b. g.. The wife's description on the silent screen reads: "...Ameena, a typical South Sea beauty -- not lazy -- just born tired.". Filmed in Catalina, CA. Story of a woman, Sadie, with a questionable past, landing on the island of Samoa, where stationed, are a bunch of hungry for white meat, US Marines. Conflict, also on board the ship bound for Samoa is a straight laced, self-rightous, hardnose preacher who of coarse sees Sadie as an abomination while the Marines sees her as a gift from Heaven. Heavy drama.
SAFE IN HELL (1931) 1ST NATL. Girl charged with murder flees to South Pacific paradise where she instead encounters other fugitives and derelicts.
SAILOR BEWARE (1952) PARAMOUNT/HAL WALLIS PRODS. Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis in musical/comedy of two sailors on shore leave in Honolulu where they entertain in night club, box at a Naval recreational center and crash a luau. Stock shot and back projections of Diamond Head and filmed in Hollywood. L.A. Polynesian musicians and dancers with cellophane hula skirts and mixed Polynesian musical numbers. Moonlight romance scene and Lewis dressed as "Hawaiian" dancer. Part by Vince Edwards (TV’s Dr. Ben Casey) and a one line bit by James Dean, his first speaking part. Vague remake of: THE FLEET'S IN (1942).
SAILORS SWEETHEART, A (1927) WARNER BROS. Spinster sails for Hawaii to net a husband but falls overboard and picked up by rumrunners. Myrna Loy, William Demerest. Tabu situation
SANCTUM (2011) UNIVERSAL set in New Guinea in a huge unexplored cave. The team is trapped by flooding from a tropical down pour and forced to work their way out via going deeper and though the water table. One team member is a native. Some great shots of an Papua New Guinea native priest in full hair and makeup
SANDS OF IWO JIMA (1949) REPUBLIC John Wayne starred in WWII marine action with Forrest Tucker. As usual, war action changes to seedy action in Honolulu where bar and prostitute scenes take place. But no location filming in Hawaii. Bit by Martin Milner. These Marines train in mainland, land on Tawara, continue training and resting on O'ahu.
SANGA ARI (1962) (Japan) SHOCHIKU Starred Hideko Takamine about Japanese immigrants between the world wars. Filmed or party filmed on the island of Kaua'i. Need more information?
SAVAGE BEACH (1989) A. SEDARIS Low budgeter set in Molokai, Micronesia and on an island in between where plane crashes. The two bimbo/agent pilots encounter an old Japanese soldier, still thinking the war is on, he faithfully guards stolen war treasure.
SAVAGE MESSIAH (1972) MGM Scott Antony with Helen Mirren in biography of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, who in one scene he sits atop an Easter Island moai.
SAVAGE PLAY (1995) ARMAC FILMS New Zealand Film on early days of interracial romance and marriage in New Zealand.
SAVAGES OF THE SEAS (1925) BARSKY CORP. Frank Merrill in story that takes place mostly on a sailing ship which has a mutiny. Set on the Pacific and on a South Seas island but shot in L.A. and complete with wide paved streets.
SCARLET SEAS (1928) 1ST NAT. PICTS. Betty Compson, a Shanghai prostitute, stars in a shipwreck in Samoa story. With Richard Barthelmess. From the frying pan to the fire after a few days in a lifeboat they are rescued by a ship of evil mutineers
SEA BEAST, THE (1926) WARNER BROS. Early silent partly based on Herman Melville's MOBY DICK. Stars John Barrymore. Set mostly in the Indian Ocean with no Pacific references. The Maori character Queequeeq is still in this film version.
SEA CHASE, THE (1955) WARNER BROS. John Wayne, Lana Turner, James Arness and Tab Hunter in 1939 setting of a German freighter trying to get back to Germany from Sydney. Stops Auckland Island, New Zealand. and Pom Pom Galli in the South Seas as he heads east to allude the British navy.
SEA FLOWER, THE (1918) UNIVERSAL Silent about a kidnapping, a castaway, San Francisco, a beachcomber and a South Seas isle. There is also a character named: Kealani. Spy Alfred Witman get caught aboard a German Schooner, in the Pacific, and gets thrown overboard but he survives long enough to land on an island. There he falls for beachcomber’s daughter, played by silent star Jaunita Hansen. A steamer comes to rescue him and he returns to San Fransico to spoil the Germen’s plot. Does he return to the island?
SEA GOD, THE (1930) PARAMOUNT Richard Arlen, Fay Wray. A western pearl diver in diving suit is mistaken for a god by cannibals on a South Seas island. Filmed on and around Catalina Island, CA. with African Americans playing the natives who think the pearl diver, with heavy diving rig, was a god. Bad art direction.
SEA LION, THE (1922) ASSO. PRODUCERS (Silent) Stars Hobart Bosworth who is an imbttered Captain of a whaling ship. He is a bitter man because his wife ran away from him with an old boyfriend. Much later, on a Pacific voyage his ship is running out of drinkg water and the crew is mutinous but a South Seas island is spotted in the nick of time. There on the island are found two castaways, an old man and a young girl. Bosworth finds out that the girl is his daughter. Though reading his wife’s bible, found on the island with the survivors, we find out that the wife was actually kidnapped by her ex and she was pregnant with Bosworth’s child. She was hurried off to the Pacific where the ship wrecks with only the wife and a kine old stewart surviving on the island. The wife gave birth and later died leaving the old stewart to raise the child.
SEA TIGER (1952) MONOGRAM PICS. John Archer entangled with homicide and secret riches. Set on an old freighter in New Guinea.
SEAMEN (1957) HERZOG-FILMVERLEIH (Germany) South Seas adventure romance from West Germany and actually filmed in Tahiti. Stars Karlheinz Bohm and Claus Biederstaedt. Need more information? Also the Spanish poster has a blonde bombshell female on it the film co-stars the beautiful part Tahitian sisters, Maea as Rataha and Moea Flohr as Rarahu. Also a part for Vahinerii as Tatu. AKA: BLAUE JUNGS (original German title), AMOR EN TAHITI (Spanish), GLI AMANTI DEL PACIFICO (Italian), RARAHU (French)
SECRET AGENT OF JAPAN (1942) 20TH CENTURY FOX Soldier of fortune working for England in the Pacific before Pearl Harbor.
SERGEANT WAS A LADY, THE (1961) UNIVERSAL 125 WACs and one soldier on a missile base in the middle of the Pacific. “It’s Panic in the Pacific”.
SEVEN (1979) AIP Specialist are hired by US intelligence to break up Hawaiian syndicate. One of the seven is Hawaiian Ed Parker. Filmed in Hawaii by A. Sedaris and it is better than his later T&A films. One scene shot in The Tikis amusement park in Monterey Park, CA..
SEVEN SINNERS (1940) UNIVERSAL Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne in action love story involving naval officer, South Seas cafe entertainer, beachcomber and an alcoholic surgeon. Looked more like China Sea set, needed research by the art director. Typical of a Universal South Seas picture. Remade as SOUTH SEA SINNER (1950).
SEVEN WOMAN FROM HELL (1961) 20th CENTURY FOX Patricia Owens, Caesar Romero female prisoners in Japanese WWII camp set in New Guinea but filmed partly in Hawaii on the island of Kauai. Romero plays a plantation owner about to turn in the escapees. Some Tiki in Caesar’s house.
SHADOWS OF THE PAST (1911) SELIG POLYSCOPE CO. One of the first South Seas narrative films. A Short drama but for its time considered a feature. Critical praise for photography and plot. The film’s story starts off in the South in Florida but possibly end up in the South Seas?
SHAGGY DOG (2006) DISNEY Remake stars Tim Allen. Last scene of movie on Hawaiian Beach.
SHARK MASTER (1921) UNIVERSAL Fictitious Pacific isle "Amanu" where white shipwrecked child turns into island's white queen, bears white child of white castaway but his former white fiancée appears so she leaps into sea where shark (probably a great white) attacks her but she is rescued possibly by white lover. The usually trope is a sacrifice is into a volcano but a hero cannot jump in a volcano for a rescue.
SHE DEMONS (1958) ASTOR PICTURES Irish McCalla, Tod Griffin are two of four people stranded on Pacific isle because rich girl’s yacht is blown off course by hurricane. On the island a refugee Nazi mad scientist has turned captive white girls into ugly “she demons” through experiments. Then Americans bomb island (because its being used as a military target) which causes the volcano on the island to erupt and the good white guys escape. One of the stranded four was a Hawaiian played by Charles Opunui who chants because he knows it's an evil island. One gets three or four South Seas plots for one movie. Good deal.
SHE-DEVIL ISLAND (1936) FILM SELECTOS (Mexico) IRMA LA MALA "With a Native Cast". Drunken pearl divers invade island of big beautiful women. Nude swimming and art deco female native wear. Need more information on setting?
SHE GODS OF SHARK REEF (1958) AM. INTERNATL. PICS. Two brothers shipwrecked on isle of woman pearl divers. One of the brothers (the good one) saves Polynesian native from shark god sacrifice because she broke tabu of being with brother (provocative poster has a blonde being sacrificed) and takes her away leaving bad brother who died by shark while trying to rescue his stolen bag of pearls. The island was called Banakai and the underwater Moai Tiki shark god was called Tangaroa. Roger Corman directed and filmed this low budget on Kaua'i The local extras danced, sang in Hawaiian, modeling clean sarongs furnish by Shaheen’s of Hawaii as credited. Also Hawaiian canoes where used. Floyd Crosby was Director of Photography.
SHIP FROM SHANGHAI, THE (1929) MGM Rough cruise across Pacific. Partly due to class distinctions there is a mutiny aboard yacht lead by stewart . They are all on a trip from Shanghai to San Francisco. Shark scene. No native islanders.
SHIPS OF THE NIGHT (1929) RAYART With Jacqueline Logan and Jack Mower. Logain is off to the South Seas to find her fugitive brother who is acused of murder. There, she meets a good captian, who helps her get out of trouble more then once. She also meets a mix band of Pacific pirates led by a Chinese captain. Logan also discovers that one of the pirates is the real killer and not her brother.
SHIPWRECKED (1926) PRODRS. DISTRO. CORP. Stars Seena Owen as a fugitive stowaway and Joseph Schildkraut as a cook’s assistant on board a South Pacific bound ship. Owen is discovered on the ship and the mean captain is about to attack her when a sudden storm threatens the ship. All abandon ship except for Owen and Schildkraut. The two eventually end up on a South Seas island harbor, where the mean captain also ends up. He wants to continue what he started with Owen but Schildkraut fight for her honor and wins. Also Seena learns that her victim survives and confesses that Owen was acting in self-defense.
SHIPWRECKED (1990) DISNEY Young cabin boy lands alone on a South Seas Island (somewhere between Sydney and Southeast Asia). The boy finds on this island hidden pirate treasures and prepares for the pirates eventual return. He also spots a neighboring isle where he discovers fierce n.d. natives which look, dress. dance and chant Fijian ala BLUE LAGOON.. Isle scenes surprisingly not filmed in Fiji.
SHIPWRECKED AMONG CANNIBALS (1920) UNIVERSAL "Authentic Picture" of two American cameramen shipwrecked among cannibals of New Guinea.
SHORES OF TRIPOLI, THE (1944) 20TH CENTURY-FOX John Payne, Maureen O'Hara and Randolph Scott. Mostly a Marine trianing film set in San Diego. Apparently Pearl Harbor attack took place during filming and anew ending was added so the men can head out to the Pacific too flight. Big budget but it doesn't show except for big cast and possibly some filming in Hawaii and it was produced by Darryl Zanuck.
SILENT ONE, THE (1984) NZ FILM COMMISSON South Seas villager finds baby adrift in ocean. The baby can’t talk so the natives think there is danger in keeping him. But the baby can talk to sea turtles. Stars; George Henare, Rongo Tupatea Kahu, Telo Malase, Reg Ruka & Anzac Wallace.
SILENT VENOM (2009) CINAMOUR ENT. A “B” movie cross between “SNAKES ON A PLANE” and “USS POSEIDON: PHANTOM BELOW” In fact same writer as “POSEIDON” and similar sub story, just rip off “SNAKES ON A PLANE” just put snakes in the submarine. Need I write more except the sub stops on a private Pacific Island to pick up the sexy snake scientist (Krista Allen of BAYWATCH HAWAII) and the deadly snakes. Also stars Luke Perry and Tom Berenger.
SILK (1986) CONCORDE/MGM/UA A Honolulu cop investigates murder of parents. Shot in Hawaii.
SILK 2 (1988) NEW HORIZONS/MGM/UA (Philippines) Low budget film about a female, Karate, detective in Honolulu and Kona. Looks like it was made in the Philippines with a mostly Haole (white) cast with hapa (half breed) Filipinos playing Hawaiians. Credit should be given to much authentic Hawaii details as possible and lots of Hawaiian stock footage. Some of the production crew must of lived in Hawaii.
SINGLE STANDARD, THE (1929) MGM Gretta Garbo establishes that women can be wild and free as well as men. She has an affair with chauffeur, cruises the South Seas with artist/boxer and wears pants. One of MGM's the last silents
SINNERS IN HEAVEN (1924) PARAMOUNT Mail pilot and female friend crash off a South Sea island. White couple pose as gods from the sky as a survival tactic but native woman exposes them. Female friend is rescued but cannibals shoot man with arrow and is left behind. He survives because he is saved and nursed by native girl. Love triangle with jealousy by native. White hero does manage to return to England.
SINNERS IN PARADISE (1938) UNIVERSAL Madge Evans, John Boles and Bruce Cabot are survivors of plane crash on tropical island. All run-a-ways of some form from bad marriages to crooks to millionaires. They are hosted on the island by another innocent fugitive who with his Chinese servant have set up a Gilligan’s isle with the bamboo motif found everywhere. Set in the South Seas, shot on a sound stage with rear projection (not bad in black & white) and stock footage. No natives. One character a typical female sleaze escaping to better her life in other words a woman of questionable past.
SIONE’S WEDDING (2006) SOUTH PACIFIC PICTS. (NZ) Four Samoan young men are banded from their best friend’s Wedding because of their past record of destroying other important events by their immaturity and drunkenness. Kiwiki comedy (if there is such a thing) Aka: SAMOAN WEDDING Starring Oscar Kightley.
SIX DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS (1998) HOLLYWOOD PICTS/DISNEY Harrison Ford plays a beachcomber in the Tahitian Islands with a job flying an old small charter plane. He meets romance and modern Polynesian pirates lead by Maoris: Temuera Morrison and Cliff Curtis. Very expensive movie considering mostly a cast of two plane wrecked on a South Seas island. Trivia co-starred Anne Heche who just announced she's comming out of the closet after she signed on for this romantic/comedy. Some wonder if this was a reason the film didn't payoff as expected. Today Anne is married to a male with a couple of kids. Foreshadow scene where our main couple meet before traveling to the South Seas in a swank Poly restaurant in NYC called Gauguin ironically it replaced Trader Vics.
SKULLDUGGERY (1970) UNIVERSAL PICTS. Burt Reynolds stars in bad movie about finding very small missing link creatures in New Guinea. Irony is this movie shown short little ape/man like creatures that were actually discovered there years later (small man like bones in a cave). This discovery is called the Hobbit man named after the small human beings from THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Filmed on New Guinea.
SKY PIRATES (1985) JOHN LAMOND PICS. (Australian) INDIANA JONES/TAILS OF THE GOLD MONKEY type movie were an ace WWII Australian pilot gets involved with a secret project which includes three pieces of a sacred and very powerful "Moai" tablet. The pilot's travels has him crashing near Samoa and searching for pieces of this "moai" in Tahiti and it's homeland Easter Islands. Only a couple of natives used as extras in Tahiti. Actual location shooting.
SLAVE OF THE CANNIBAL GOD (1979) DANIA FILM (Italy) MONTAGNA DEL DIO CANNIBALE, LA Stacy Keach and Ursula Andress star in this “B” movie horror flick of savage cannibals from New Guinea. In this Italian bomb most local actors or extras were East Indian even portraying Melanesians with wigs.
SLEEPING DOGS (1977) ARDVART FILMS (New Zealand) Movie about political upheaval in modern New Zealand. Fascist government vs Freedom fighters not Maori vs Pakeha (white) although there are Māori for furture filmmaker Don Selwyn and Tommy Tinirau. Early work for Sam Neill and director Roger Donaldson.
SNAFU (1945) COLUMBIA 14 yr. old boy goes missing, that because he managed to enlist in the Maries. After fighting awhile with the real men in the South Pacific his parents spot him in a newsreel and demands the Marines return him home and the do. Now what a 15 yr old “Man” to do at home?
SNAKES ON A PLANE (2006) NEW LINE CINEMA Samuel Jackson as an FBI agent assigned to protect a local surfer from Hawaii on a flight from Honolulu to L.A.. As the tile obviously mentions snakes are shipped (in long lei boxes) and released by the bad guys with a timer, among the passengers to bring the flight down. At end surfer gives Jackson a surfing lesson back on Oahu. Cult hit.
SON OF GODZILLA (1967) TOHO (Japan) Godzilla's son is hatched a on his lush South Seas island. Petty hapa Japanese, native with brown make-up and sarong, aloha shirts, and giant mantis and spider along with Godzilla and son. Radio-active rain from an aborted weather making experiment caused some of these monsters to grow even bigger. Fun flick.
SON OF FURY (1942) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Tyrone Power jumps ship in South Seas, falls in love with Polynesian girl, brown painted Gene Tierney, and collects pearls. With his new riches he returns to England to clear name and stake family claim then returns to his Polynesian love. Also stars; George Sanders, Frances Farmer, Elsa Lanchester, John Carradine and Roddy McDowall. Luau, dance, and small canoe greeting scenes. Tyrone looks great in his tapa printed loincloth. "I was mad for riches but I didn't know what they were, now I've found them and wisdom too." - J. Carradine, when deciding not to leave his new lifestyle on the island. Tani Marsh featured dancer..
SON OF KONG (1933) RKO Return to Skull Island where baby Kong lives. Earthquake ending.
SONG OF THE ISLANDS (1942) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Famous pinup Betty Grable as local girl, fights and loves Victor Mature. With Hilo Hattie and Jackie Oakie. Classical "Hollywood-hulas" in this musical about a beachcomber, white landowner clashing with a wealthy, greedy white ranch owner over pier property. Set was fictitious Hawaiian island "Ami-Ami Oni-Oni" with some Big Island shots, mostly of cattle. The rest of movie filmed in Hollywood. Natives didn't have any land. Also, Hawaiian War Chant
SONG OF THE SARONG (1946) UNIVERSAL. Adventurer wants to stealing pearls from natives on an uncharted South Seas isle. There he finds a beautiful white princess because as a baby she washed ashore from shipwreck. Islanders think the sky god favored her and they made her a Princess. She was betroth to native but in ceremony hula dance she throws lei on new stranger for love. Now the dilemma, marry the beautiful princess in paradise or steal the pearls and be rich at home, hmmm. Native ex burns his seaplane and white God from bible saves him from fire sacrifice and they all live happily ever after. Al Kikume has part of guard. Song: "Lovely Luana"
SONS FOR THE RETURN HOME (1979) NEW ZEALAND FILM COMM. (NZ) Based on novel by Samoan Albert Wendt and semi-autobiographical. About a young Samoan man born in Samoa but raised and educated in New Zealand. Dialog of western exploitation and colonization. Good shots of outrigger canoes, greeting with leis at airport and Samoan dressed in lava lava at end of runway, contrast of cultures. Some prejudice themes, late night New Zealand raids on Pacific Islander homes, slap dance scene with new Maori friends, killing pig scene as a young boy and later sex scenes with Pakea/Palangi/Haole girlfriend and Samoan girl during fire dance scene. Main theme: Man of two cultures accepted by none or, at times, doesn’t feel comfortable in either. Theme of Polynesian diaspora. Stars Uelese Petaia, Lani Tupu, Malama Masina with Moria Walker who 26 years earlier player Gary Cooper’s hapa daughter in RETURN TO PARADISE. Also of note; Maori director, Lee Tamahori, was the boom man in this early career film. Great quote when asked by a pakeha, how long the Samoan main character has been in NZ; “15 years but been in the region for a couple thousand.” Reverse interracial relationship.
SOS PACIFIC (1960) UNIVERSAL Richard Attenborough and others crash on nuclear test island.
SOUL-FIRE (1925) FIRST NATIONAL Distraught music student ends up on a South Seas island where he meets and falls for a British orphan, probably the only eligible female Caucasian there. A mark on her shoulder might be a sign of Hansen’s disease and they postpone their native wedding but when doctor finally arrives and clears her. While waiting our hero composes a beautiful a concerto which later make him famous in London.
SOUL SURFER (2011)TRISTAR PICTS. Based on a true story of young teen surfer with a big surf future gets bit by a big shark while surfing and she loses an arm. Set on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i and filmed on O'ahu and some on Kaua'i. Co starring Dennis Quaid who hung with Hawaiians surfer at Makaha and Helen Hunt as the teen parents. Anyway the daughter is determined to surf again and she does triumphantly. Luau scene.
SOULS OF MEN (1921) STATE RIGHTS Stars William Jefferies. Good captain returns to a South Seas Island where he calls home only to find his wife in the arms of an evil trader. He lets them be. Years later finds same trader in a native hotel where he is trying to have his way with a young woman. This time the captain has had enough and a shootout occurs. The young women picks the captain but wants to spare the evil man’s life and he does so. Soon the trader’s henchmen is about to kill captain but the trader returns the mercy.
SOUTH OF PAGO PAGO (1940) EDWARD SMALL/UNITED ARTISTS Victor McLaglen, Jon Hall and Frances Farmer. Bad haole (white) gang on uncharted isle of "Manoa". “Rifles are no good when you coming in, just for coming out”. Trinkets are used to trade and to dive for instead of coins. Big canoe greeting scene, hula dance, luau feast, waterfalls, giant clam and “Pele’s volcano on neighboring isle of Au Toa Toa. Farmer is a white girl with a bar entertainer past and Hall is the native prince sings and dances his native Tahitian. Farmer finds love and sarongs with Hall and they marry. While on honeymoon on Au Toa Toa the rest of the sailors steal pearls from innocent Polynesians and the natives upraise. Farmer leaves her love to rid the bad haoles. But the ending is good. Natives credited are: Santini Pauola, Lela Vanti and Al Kikume. B.g. shots of Big Island. Water falls, lagoon scenes with tiki and worship area below volcano. Reverse native gender seduction.
SOUTH OF SUVA (1922) FAMOUS PLAYERS-LASKY/REALART PICS. Young wife arrives at copra plantation of husband, there she finds that her husband "has succumbed to the degenerating influences of the tropics". At end she is threatened by cannibalistic natives.
SOUTH OF TAHITI (1941) UNIVERSAL Three bad Americans; Brian Donlevy, Broderick Crawford and Andy Devine, try to steal a store of pearls from a beautiful, uncharted South Sea island and from a beautiful native princess (Maria Montez). Reformed Donlevy falls for native princess Montez and marries her in the end. Cast of "50 Sarong-clad Goddesses of Love" dancing a weird fan dance. Also 50 spotted leopards, and a monkey. Women in sarongs men dressed South-east Asian attire, and chief has feathered headdress. Also Samoan knife dance & a Al Kikume role. Typical Universal Studios culture and racial mishmash.
SOUTH PACIFIC (1958) MAGNA/ 20TH CENTURY-FOX Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, Juanita Hall, Ray Walston, John Kerr and France Nuyen in classical musical. Set is French Pacific isle during WWII but filmed on Kaua'i. Rogers and Hammerstein production and well known score with hits Bali Hai and many more. Women are "Polynesian" but men look and dress Melanesian. The island of Bali Hai has an even more eclectic mix of Pacific cultures of the era, Polynesian, French, Meanesian, Asian etc. Possibly an island of refugees. Two main characters of film, Bloddy Marry (Hall) and daughter Liat (Nuyen) who live on the fictional Bali Hai are Tongkinese or Northern Vietnamses not Tongan Polynesian as most people think. Pacific paradise and racism are main themes of film which is a bold but true theme for it’s time. Ganyor falls for older Brazzi until she finds out he already had fathered half Polynesian children. To avoid the issue of miscegenation Polynesian mother had been deceased before the story begins to make her almost nonexistent. Compare Donovan’s Reef (1963). Canoe greeting trope. African American Archie Savage (name is an ironic coincidence) plays Melanesian Chief as he did in His Majesty O’Keefe. Juanita Hall is also of Afro-American decent. Doug McClure and future Tarzan, Ron Ely had bit parts.
SOUTH PACIFIC CONNECTION, THE (1975) LUIS NEPOMUCENO PRODS. (Philippines) Stars Nancy Kwan as saronged Polynesian girl who falls in love with a hapa (half) Filipino martial artist who washes ashore from a prison boat. The men on the island mysteriously have orange martial arts pants like our lead. Smells like a marshal arts fight is coming up. The old man or Kahuna of the island trains the guest like yoda to improve his fighting skills so he can revenge the evil Spanish governor back home. A young Dean Stockwell plays evil son. Also known as PACIFIC CONNECTION, THE.
SOUTH PACIFIC 1942 (1981) SURFACING FILM CORP. (Canada) Possibly a WWII sub picture in , where else, the South Pacific. Need more information? Filmed in Nova Scotia, Canada. Could be a limited release.
SOUTH SEA BUBBLE, A (1928) SONIC ART-WORLD WIDE/GAINSBOROUGH PICT. Stars Iv or Novel lo as a descendant of a pirate who went to the South Seas to find his ancestor’s hidden treasure. Appears to be filmed in Southern California with no natives.
SOUTH SEA FURY (1961) CITATION FILMS Originally titled; HELL'S ISLAND (1955) the island setting was called “Puerto Rosario” and some of the character names were Hispanic but one can’t argue with the title. John Payne searches for a stolen jewel and rekindles romance with dangerous ex-girlfriend.
SOUTH SEA LOVE (1923) FOX Shirley Mason is daughter of ship owner who falls in love with an Englishman aboard ship, dad dies, boyfriend is married, she runs away to be a dancer in a South Seas bar but the seedy bar owner lusts after her. She runs, ends up saving captain from his own crew, they find out captain’s wife is dead and they marry. If you say this is romantic?
SOUTH SEA LOVE (1927) ROBERTSON-COLE PICTS. Gold digger sends suitor to South Seas island to find her some pearls than his rival and her follow.
SOUTH SEA ROSE (1929) FOX French girl is first raised uninhibited on a South Seas island then later as an orphan runs away from South Sea island's convent, boards ship where captain tricks her into marriage and they leave to New England, where they eventually fall in true love. Stars Lenore Ulric who wears sarongs and grass skirts. One of the first talkies for William Fox
SOUTH SEA SINNER (1950) UNIVERSAL Shelly Winters, Liberace in remake of SEVEN SINNERS.
SOUTH SEA WOMAN (1953) WARNER BROS. Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo and Chuck Connors in war romance. Two marines and Chuck’s fiancé (Mayo) are stuck on a steer less boat down a Chinese river into the China Sea where they are finally found by a Chinese Junk. They worked a deal with the boat owner to return to their outfit in China only to find that they were going the other way to Pago Pago first to drop off his cargo of rice. Through anger and mishaps the Marines party burn Junk, destroy mast and ruin cargo. The Chinese dump the three overboard to the island of Namu (200 miles from Guadalcanal) where the natives look Polynesian but some ceremonial dress is Melanesian. Fun movie with the questions of desertion and loyalty, love triangle and a military trial. Good native wedding scene with leis, torches, Chuck in aloha shirt, Mayo looks sexy in Sarong and Burt dancing in full Melanesian outfit and mask. Burt next did FROM HERE TO ETERNITY with an Oscar nomination then HIS MAJESTY O'KEEFE all in the same year 1953. No native speaking parts.
SOUTH SEAS MASSACRE (1976) AM. NATL. ENTERPRISES (U.S./ Philippines),(1989) U.S. release. Stars Troy Donahue in modern day South Seas story with old South Seas plot. Modern day pirates rob cruiser in the Pacific. On board an armed cop and his long sought after fugitive decide to jump ship handcuffed to each other. They wash ashore on an enchanted South Seas island complete with peaceful natives. The same pirates find same island for new base and kill some natives and rape the sarong clad beautiful woman. The native men shed their pacifism and kill off the pirates with the help of the two earlier visitors.
SPACE AMOEBA (1970) TOHO (Japan) Alien life forms turn Pacific life forms into giant monsters. How original for a Japanese film. Anyway the sea monsters (a squid, a turtle and a crab) are fighting a crushing a Polynesian island village. Big Moai Tiki can be seen in village. The latter 2 monsters have a big fight on top the village. How does the big fight end? As with most South Seas films it ends with a volcano…well both monsters falling into one anyway. AKA: YOG: MONSTER FROM SPACE
SPACEMASTER X-7 (1958) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Killer fungus from Mars get aboard plane bound for Hawaii and forces the plane to crash-land.
SPHERE (1998) WARNER BROS. Big Michael Crichton movie with Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone and
Samuel Jackson. Sci-fi with an underwater UFO shaped as a mysterious sphere, ala the monolith of 2001 Space Odyssey. The anomaly is located between Hawaii and Sidney according to the film. The location cited in the book is more specifically between Samoa and Fuji. I guess the movie producers did not think the movie audience would figure where Samoa and Fiji was located. No natives or even islands in this boring movie. Rates a category D, the lowest in the genre. Actually there are a couple of Polynesian of note, Hawaiians, stuntman Brian Keaulana and stand by painter Bill Hauhane Hoyt, but behind the scenes crew. For some credit, though, Jackson does sing “Bali Hai” in the shower and Verne’s book “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is featured throughout the film. Possibly the author’s intention was to try to create a South Sea atmosphere which the story lacked, it still didn’t work. Also parts for Peter Coyote and Queen Latifah. Directed by Barry Levinson.
SPOOKED (2004) ORA DIDITAL/ NZ FILM COMM. A rare dud by Geoff Murphy stars Maori Cliff Curtis as an ordinary man who buys a used computer that still has international banking records on the hard drive. He dies mysteriously. Also parts for Miriama Smith and Merata Mita.
STAND BY FOR ACTION (1942) MGM/LOWE’S INC. Robert Taylor, Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan and Charles Laughton in WWII adventure of Navy ship picking up woman and children of a sunken liner from Honolulu and heading to San Francisco. Typical Naval conflict between officers aboard old ship. Also WWII naval battle fare with our heroe’s destroyer taking on and defeating a Japanese battleship. Oscar nominated for special effects.
STONE AGE WARRIORS (1991) ??? (Hong Kong) MO YU FEI LONG A film by Stanley Tong which is set in New Guinea with kung-fu, natives, mercenaries, and komodo dragon and lots of action. Compare BRUCE LI IN NEW GUINEA (1977)
STONECUTTER, THE (2007) MAVERICK ENTRN. Possibly straight to video feature with a children’s theme of the importance of family.Compare “ohana” in LILO films. Poor native stonecutter barely eeks out a living foe his family by pounding away at a mountain to uncover gems. The lesson, the family is the riches, not the money. Beatifully shot in Tahiti with mostly Tahitian cast. Teiki Pambrum, Hereiti Biron, Papa Matarau, Laurent Purotu and Talise Zirilli.
STOP FLIRTING (1925) CHRISTIE FLIM Man boards small plane bond for Hawaii to escape bride but bails out and returns to her.
STOWAWAY, THE (1958) SILVER FILMS (Germany) Filmed and set in Tahiti, about man who settles in paradise but then inherits lot of money from his uncle. Story is about all those that are now looking for him both for good and evil reasons. Maea Flohr co-stars. Bits by Charles Mauu & Teheiura Poheroa. Stars Euro stars Martine Carol, Karlheinz, Serge Reggiani, Roger Livesey & Arletty. Said director paid more attention to the island scenery then to the cast. AKA: NIGHTS ON TAHITI, CLANDESTINA A TAHITI (Italian title), LE PASSAGER CLANDESTIN (French), NACHTE AUF TAHITI (German).
STRANGE HOLIDAY (1969) MASS/BROWN Independent film loosely based on Jules Verne story of a lost sailboat with boys marooned on a South Pacific island. Later another ship wrecks on their shore, aboard are some British prisoners. First man (boys) vs. nature now its man vs. man. Need more information?
SUBMARINE RAIDER (1942) COLUMBIA Japanese fleet on way to Pearl Harbor sinks a private yacht women survives & is rescued by a U.S. sub. Sub tries to warn Hawaii but signals jammed and Japanese pilot forces the sub under.
SUBMARINE SEAHAWK (1958) AM. INT’L Typical WWII submarine in the Pacific yarn that turns into a yawn because of this unoriginal plot. Stars John Bentley as a sub captain with a secret mission, which prevents engagements with the Japanese to the dismay of the crew. With Dolores Domasin credited as a Hula Dancer-Waitress, the crew must of stopped in Honolulu for some fun and R & R.
SUBMERGED (2000) PARAMOUNT Straight to video movie starring Dennis Weaver, Coolio, Fred Williamson, and Tim Thomerson with a Meilani Paul listed as the bad girl who looks mixed. Weaver plays a very rich industrialist is on the way to Hawaii in his private 747. The pilot purposefully ditches plane so the bad guys can get the software that runs Weaver’s satellite laser gun. Oh the intrigue is killing me.
SUCH A LITTLE PIRATE (1918) FAMOUS PLAYERS-LASKY CORP. Buried treasure on a South Seas isle. Dad takes an old schooner so he and his son can get away and the son doen’t get drafted. Old captain has a treause map tattoo on him. A priate kidnaps him and they go to get the treasure. Dad and son then rescues the old captain, get the treasure and doing so son fulfills his duty. If you say so.
SUICIDE BATTALION (1958) AM. INTNATL. PICS. Mike Conners, John Ashley in WWII plot about U.S. soldiers on a fictional island of Baluyanna which is being overrun by the Japanese. A volunteer squad infiltrate their old HQ to destroy important records. Hilo Hattie is the matron of a local brothel where girls are from many parts of the world and a Chinese boss. Director of Photography, Floyd Crosby.
SULLIVANS, THE (1944) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Anne Baxter in tragic, true story of five Sullivan brothers who died, at the same time, aboard a sunken ship off WWII Guadalcanal.
SUPERGATOR (2007) RODEO PRODS. Giant gator ends up on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Roger Corman returns to Kauai to film another “B” movie. This one stars Brad Johnson & Kelly McGillis.
SUNS OF EASTER ISLANDS, THE (1972) LES FILMS 13/ALEXANDRA FILMS (Fr) AKA: Les Soleils de l'Ile de Pâques Typical of the era, progressive, hippie fiction, 7 hip and educated or gifted adults all have a dream of death and moais of Easter Island (Rapa Nui). They also have a small round metallic symbol on their left palm. They find each other on the way to Easter Island. There they explore everywhere trying figure out moai history and their mission. One replaces a native oracle that’s 100s of years old and the other six line up with six moais on a platform and once in 5000 years 6 alien suns arrive and read these 6 special humans. They read that man is still uncivilized, greedy and violent and the leave until the next 5000 years.
SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON (1940) RKO-RADIO On the way to Australia a shipwrecked family survives on island. When rescued years later, they elect to stay.Thomas Mitchell and Edna Best play the parents; (1960) DISNEY This version has the island off Asia with talk of old land bridge to continent as an excuse to having geographical incorrect popular animals running all over the island even though some animals were African. Stars James MacArthur, Sessue Hayakawa as Pacific pirate with Asian and Arab crew?, also Disney regulars Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran. The family was on the way to New Guinea. Filmed on Tobago.
SWITCHING CHANNELS (1988) TRISTAR Burt Reynolds, Kathleen Turner and Christopher Reeve in comical triangle between Turner, former husband and present boss, Reynolds and her new rich and handsome fiancée, Reeve, all set in a hectic major TV news station. At the end Turner and Reynolds remarry and return to their first honeymoon spot, a tropical Pacific island where a fake volcano erupts just like the first time.
TABLE #21 (2013) EROS INTL./SUKARMA FILMS (India) From Bollywood Hard-luck couple wins a trip to Fiji. There toward the end of their dream vacation, the hotel owner invites then to sit at table 21 and a change to wins millions. They can’t believe their luck and they sign it. Problem is the games gets harder and harder and failer could be deadly. Fiji locations and photography gets darker and darker as the game does. Good thriller. Stars beauty Tena Desae (from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2011), Paresh Rawal and Rajeev Khandelwal. Locals palying thugs Sevuloni Vasu Vatubua, Alexexandera Tuiverata and Nathaniel Kissun.
TABU (1931) PARAMOUNT (Silent) Directed by F.W. Murnau, stars Reri and Matahi. Island young man and princess are suddenly forbidden to marry because she has been chosen to be a virgin bridesmaid of a local god and a tabu is place on her. As a young couple in love they escape to a far island. There, the young man becomes a good pearl diver but he doesn’t understand the value of money and bad credit. The two lovers are discovered by their local priest who convinces her to return during the early hours of the morning. The young man wakes and drowns in pursuit. Filmed on Bora Bora with topless tahines, lagoon/water falls, native dances, luau feast, fake moon & shark. All native cast but some half-castes and a Chinese man. As in WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS (1928) Robert Flaherty started to co-direct then dropped out. Also, as in WHITE SHADOWS this film won an Oscar for photography by Floyd Crosby father of Crosby as in Stills, Nash & Young. Painter Leeteg says he did a one time copy of an official still from this movie that he paid the rights to but for a one reproduction only. Not sure which image he used, possibly the spear thrower on right.
TAHITI (1957) DISCFILM (French) AKA: TAHITI OU LA JOIE DE VIVRE Stars Roland Armontel, Georges de Caunes and Maea Flohr. Need more information?
TAHITI HONEY (1943) REPUBLIC Dennis O'Keefe, sailors, grass skirts and ukuleles. A traveling band from NYC. Film starts in Tahiti and the band is stuck there because the Nazis have taken over France on the other side of the old and since Tahiti is a French colony the local government is frozen. French/American singer wants to get out with the band back to the U,S, and that is main plot of the film. American theme band becomes a hit in Tahiti w new sarong wearing singer Simone Simon. When returned to States Band changes image to Polynesian band with their Tahitian raised new singer but it fails until they get their classer big band grove. Great “Tahiti Honey” (also found in Republic’s MELODY & MOONLIGHT (1940) number also "Koni Plenty Hu-Hu,".
TAHITI NIGHTS (1944) COLUMBIA Jinx Falkenburg as brownface Island princess Luana in musical/comedy featuring a band, the Vagabonds. The band first appears in Honolulu wearing silly phony native outfits. Later the band sails for Tahiti because we find out the band leader (Dave O’Brien) is a fair skinned Tahitian prince. Also in Tahiti he finds out he’s supposed to marry a native neighboring island princess (Falkenburg). The prince and princess both sperately protest. Like the film Aloma of the South Seas (1941) the princess sneaks out of her secure hut and takes a nude swim in the lagoon then a monkey takes her clothes. O’Brien just happens to also want to swim in the same lagoon. Without knowing each other’s identity, they fall in love. All works out in the end. Also an older Vahine, brownface Mary Treen playing Mata stereotypically chases relentlessly after one of O’Brien’s bandmates. Parts for L.A. based Polynesians Hilo Hattie, Satini Puailoa and Al Kikume.
TAHITIAN, THE (1956) CRANE/KNOTT/LONG Western scientists try to stop a malaria epidemic but encounter resistance from the natives until one doctor is able to save a chief’s son. Cameraman James Knott was married to Lotus Long who starred in LAST OF THE PAGANS (1935). Lotus also co-wrote this film with Tahitians in key roles; Ana, Vahio, Taia Tepava as kahuna and Tehapaitua Salmon as chief.
TAHITI’S GIRL (1990) OPALO FILMS Spanish AKA: CHICA DE TAHITI Stars Vaitiare Bandera. Vaitiare is mixed race of many Euro and Polynesian races (Tahitian, Rarotongan, Maori). Need more information?
TAMAHINE (1963) MGM Chinese Nancy Kwan plays hapa-Polynesian girl in comedy. She goes to live with her British boy’s school headmaster uncle and havoc begins. She later marries the uncle’s son? Some location filming on Bora Bora but mostly set in England. Fun movie.
TANGA TIKA (1953) NORTON-CONDON/BURSTYN Filmed in Tahiti. Story based on Tahiti legend of young native in love but before marriage boy, Timi, tries to go out and earn money but gets lost at sea by a hurricane and survives on a lonely atoll. Sometime later girl (Nenu) is about to marry but Timi get rescued in the nick of time. Adeline Tetahaimuai plays Nenu, Paul Meoe plays Timi and Tumaatura plat Timi’s mother. Also Mayor Poeui plays himself. Independent film scored by a then young Les Baxter his first film. Egar Leeteg painted the leads for movie publicity but don’t know if he finished because this is the year of his unexpected death. What a double catch for this tiny one man film by Dwight Long.
TARAWA BEACH HEAD (1958) COLUMBIA/MORNINGSIDE PROD. WWII standard. Set in Guadalcanal and the Gilbert Islands. Starred Julie Adams. A Marine witnesses a muder by his officer. Loyality versus honesty. Before he is about to break and tell the officer dies in battle as a possible Metal of Honor hero.
TASK FORCE (1949) WARNER BROS. Gary Cooper, Jane Wyatt, Walter Brennan and Julie London. Copper plays Naval officer who fights for the importance of Naval pilots and carriers. He marries Wyatt and gets stationed at Pearl Harbor with only three stock photos covering that event. Right before the Pearl Attack Copper gets transferred back to Hawaii with more stock footage and fake California exteriors. Copper gets his own carrier and continues to fight in the Pacific.
TE RUA (1991) NZ FILM COMM. (New Zealand) Maori, Barry Barclay directed this story about two Maoris (one a lawyer, the other a poet) of the Uritoto people. They try different ways to recapture stolen ancestral cravings from Uritoto. Interesting film centered on Polynesian people and a part of their culture but set on the other side of the world. Very original, but what do you expect from a native filmmaker. Nessie Herewini, Wi Kuki Kaa, Peter Kaa and others star. Note of interest: same thing was happening by the Hawaiians in real life on the other side of the Pacific. Artfacts were taken from the Bishop Museum.
TELL IT TO THE MARINES (1926) FAMOUS PLAYERS-LASKY/MGM Silent staring William Haines and Lon Chaney. Lon saves fellow marine William from mob of angry native men because William falls in love with a native girl. Native girl has stupid styled hairdo like most silent females. When we first see the Marines on fictitious island there are hurricane type winds, compare movie RAIN, a lot of rain. On island only part time in movie. They also go to China to fight bandits.
TENDER SCOUNDREL (1966) EMBASSY (France/Italy) AKA: IZLET NA TAHITI which means Tahiti Island and AVENTURIERE A TAHITI, UN (Italy) Stars Jean Paul Belmondo as a womanizer who's lifestyle backfires because of two woman who can't get enough of him. The two chase him from Paris to Tahiti and back again. Beautifully shot with rich locations and color but plot is lacking and bit confusing.
TERROR EN TAHITI (19??) ??? (Mexico) Stars Tumata Teuiau who plays Maeva “young and pretty but she brings out the fury between men”. Lobby card shows dead guy. Horror in paradise.
TERROR ISLAND (1920) PARAMOUNT Houdini in South Seas saga of girl's father held captive by natives because of sacred pearl. Girl is locked in safe and thrown over cliff into the sea. Guest who saves her?
THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (1945) MGM John Wayne, Robert Montgomery, Donna Reed in a John Ford film about WWII PT-Boats. Set only in the Philippines.
THIN RED LINE, A (1964) ALLIED ARTISTS Jack Warden in Guadalcanal WWII story written by James Jones of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY fame. Very good story line but poor production values. Filmed in dry Southern California without natives. (1998) 20th CENTURY FOX Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Buddy Harrelson, John Travolta, Jon Cusack, and George Clooney and future stars Adrien Brody and James Caviezel. Directed by Terrence Malick. Big budget version with big stars. Big production values, shot on location in The Solomons and Australia with good native interaction but confusing story line. Nominated for best picture. Note: after 20 years of isolation legendary 70s director Malick choose this WWII South Seas story to make his comeback.
THINK FAST MR. MOTO (1937) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Peter Lorre in Charlie Chan formula role but this time a Japanese-American detective from Honolulu. This story Mr. Moto is on a freighter from San Francisco to Shanghai with a stop at Honolulu harbor. There Mr. Moto and the main guest star is checking out the babes coming on board. One cutie hurriedly enters ramp without a lei, and the guest star puts his lei on her and puts a move on her as well but it doesn’t work.
THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO (1944) MGM / LOWE’S INC. Van Johnson and Spencer Tracy in WWII movie about a daring, first bombing raid over Tokyo. The trip across the Pacific lasted as long as the raid (see title). Set was mostly training back in the States and in China where most pilots were forced to crash land.
THREE GENTS IN HAWAII (1963) TOHO (Japan) Need more information? See HAWAII NO WAKADAISHO (YOUNG GUY IN HAWAII) (1963) TOHO.
THREE STOOGES GO AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAZE (1963) COLUMBIA The Stooges in a farce of the movie AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS but in this comedy they stop in Hawaii. Poster has a hula maiden in the B.G.. The stop is a short one either they ran out of money or time or it hit the cutting room floor because the Hawaii stop is only a series of stock footage. Iau Kea credited but looks like he plays a giant sumo wrestler named Itchy (Ichi) Kitschy (kitsch). He is really Curtis "Da Bull" Iaukea, 6-feet-5 with 1 1/2-inch lifts famous Hawaiian TV wrestler of the 60s & 70s
THROUGH THE BREAKERS (1928) LUMAS FILM CORP. (Silent) This melodrama that involves an ocean liner, shipwreck, murder and a suicide on a South Seas island. Stars Margaret Livingston & Holmes Herbert. Herbert works on a South Seas plantation and Livingston promises him she will join him but the city slicker can’t take the island living. She catches the next liner which wrecks and Livingston lands back on Herbert’s island. There she witnesses a native girl being killed by her native boyfriend because she fell for Herbert. The native takes women’s body out to see in a canoe where he buries her and kills himself. After that Livingston plays the good wife and stays loyal on the island.
THROW MAMA FROM THE TRAIN (1988) ORION Danny Devito, Billy Crystal in comedy of wanting to kill Danny's mama on the mainland and Billy's ex-wife on Kaua'i. At the end Billy honeymoons on Kaua'i where it was partly filmed. Some Hawaiian music & hula dancing. Funny film sequence of note where Danny talks on different payphones throughout senic Kaua'i
THUNDER OVER HAWAII (1960) AMERICAN INTERNT' L PICS. New title for 1957 release of Roger Corman's NAKED PARADISE.
THUNDERBIRDS (2004) UNIVERSAL Stars Bill Paxton as a billionaire former astronaut widower with young adult son all who in a secret Pacific Island HQ (not an evil world dominating wannabe for once) but an evil guy like that, Ben Kingsley, kidnaps whole family but the youngest who is an untrained teen who now has to rescue the rest of the family. Anthony Edwards plays the brains who builds all the neat stuff. The HQ has South Pacific Melanesian décor. Need more info?
TIARA TAHITI (1962) RANK ORG. James Mason, John Mills as ex Army officers battling weather to build hotel in Tahiti. Filmed in Tahiti.
TIKOYO E IL SUO PESCECANE (TIKO AND THE SHARK) (1963) MGM/TITANUS (Italy) Filmed in Raiatea and some in Hawaii with Hawaiians Marlene Among and Al Kaue. Polynesian boy and girl living harmoniously with pet shark until haoles (whites) come. Compare: BEYOND THE REEF (1981).
TIL WE MEET AGAIN (1940) WARNER BROS. Remake of ONE WAY PASSAGE (1932) this time with George Brent, Merle Oberon and Pat O'Brien. No Hawaii shooting.
TILL THERE WAS YOU (1990) PARAMOUNT (Australia) Set and filmed in Vanuatu. Stars Mark Harmon who goes to investigate his brother’s death but ends up having an affair with the bad guys girl.
TONGAN NINJA (2003) MIDNIGHT FILM PRODS. (New Zealand) Tongan ninja ends up in New Zealand to protect a Chinese restaurant. Sam Manu stars in this NZ comedy of a young Tongan boy who survives on South Seas island by finding a secret Kung Fu monastery where the monks raise him in the sacred marshal arts. Our hero being a Polynesian stereo-type is easy going and lazy so he does not take his training seriously. He ends up defeating the enemy (a Polynesian crime boss) at the end anyway. Vocano in background.
TOO LATE THE HERO (1970) ALDRICH STUDIOS Michael Caine, Cliff Robertson, Henry Fonda and a slew of great British supporting cast all in a classically WWII Aldrich directed film set in New Hebrides (Vanuatu). British version of the DIRTY DOZEN with rag tag British patrol helping Robertson destroy a Japanese radio transmitter on the other side of the island. Island village scene full of Polynesians that should be Melanesians. Robertson was explained as he arrived. “Gauguin wouldn’t like it.” Filmed in the Philippines.
TORA! TORA! TORA! (1970) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Good recreation of events of Pearl Harbor attack. Starred Jason Robards, Martin Balsam, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore and Joseph Cotton. More real planes where used in this attack where as years later in the making of PEARL HARBOR there were only about three planes used representing each type of WWII plane because of their age and scarcity. The rest of the Japanese squadrons were computer generated which could not be done in 1970. This modern technology made up for the lack of old WWII technology.
TORPEDO RUN (1958) MGM Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine and Dean Jones as submariners who torpedoed Tokyo Bay in 1942 and return to base in Pearl Harbor. Stock footage of Honolulu with the classic shot of Diamond Head backwards.
TORRENT, THE (1921) UNIVERSAL Woman who endures cruelty aboard her rich and cruel husband’s yacht, falls overboard and is cast on Pacific island with a pilot who’s plane has run out of fuel. The fall in love, have misadventures with bootleggers and return home only to find her husband is now paralyzed and helpless. She returns to him but he drinks to death and she is free to marry her real lover.
TRACKER (2010) EDEN FILMS/LIONSGATE Set in New Zealand 1904 an Afrikaner bounty hunter is set to track down his Maori prize played by Temuera Morrison. Man vs Man drama set in the New Zealand wilderness.
TRADE WINDS (1939) WALTER WANGER/ UNITED ARTISTS Fredric March, Joan Bennett, Ralph Bellamy and Ann Sothern in romantic-comedy where detective chases murder suspect to the Orient via Honolulu. All process screens of stock backgrounds, the most evident is March's surfing off Diamond Head. A Princess Luana had a bit part.
TREASURE ISLAND (1912) Edison/Gen. Film stars Ben Wilson & Addison Rothermel; (1913) Warner Features stars William V. Ranous; (1917) WILLIAM FOX PD; (1927) FAMOUS PLAYERS-LASKY; (1934) MGM Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, and Lionel Barrymore; (1950) RKO/DISNEY Bobby Driscoll and Robert Newton; (1972) Nat. Gen./Warner Home (British) Orson Wells and Kim Burfield; (1990) HBO PICTURES CTVM Charlton Heston: (1999) Fore Hire (Canada/Uk) stars Jack Palance as long John; (2012) RHI Entertainment (UK/Ireland) starring Eddie Lizzard w Elijah Wood & Donald Sutherland. All versions based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic pirate and buried treasure novel which is set in England and the South Seas. Probably one of the most filmed titles ever with over 40 versions of this story, including a TV series, animation versions and with Charlie Chan and the Muppets. Only (1972) version confirmed set in South Seas, need more info. on others?
TREASURE OF MAKUBA (1966) PRC (US/Spain) Cameron Mitchell stars in this movie where he searches for stolen pearls on a Polynesian island. Mitchell reluctantly is accompanied by three bad Americans who try to rape a native girl and later kill the island chief. Mitchell saves the native girl who in turn is eternally devoted to him. He and the native girl (Mara Cruz) are sentenced to death by natives after bad guys blame the couple for their crimes. French police intercede to save Mitchell and Cruz from island criminal sacrifice and help kill the bad guys. At the end Mitchell stays on the island with his native wahine. AKA: El Tesoro de Makuba.
TROPIC MADNESS (1928) FBO PRODS. Stars Leatrice Joy, on her friend’s yacht, finally finds her lost son on a South Pacific island. Eariler she lived an extravagant life style and caused the family to go bankrupt. The fomer husband quietly slips their son out to a South Seas island to be raised by a trader and kills himself of maddness without revealing their sons location. Back on the island a beachcomber like or destitute doctor who has a common-law native wife falls for Joy then jealous native wife convinces the local priest to sacrifice the son into the volcano but the trader (George Barraud) saves him. Barraud declares his love for Joy and they with newly found son sail off together as a new family. Story by Ramon Romero.
TROPICAL NIGHTS (1928) TIFFANY Possible Jack London story of opera singer stranded on South Sea island with pearl divers, hula dancers, and chorus girls, giant clam and an octopus attack with Patsy Ruth Miller and Wallace MacDonald. Miller knocks out MacDonald’s brother for getting fresh and thinks she killed him. But in reality MacDonald’s partner takes advantage and kills him so he could take his pearls. The partner confesses at end while dying because a giant claim has his foot and wont let go.
TROPICAL PASSIONS (2002) LIONSGATE DVD Suspense low budget solf-porn, flimed on Maui. Stars Diana Kauffman with no natives or role credited. Straight to video release.
TROUBLE IN PARADISE (1989) QUINTEX ENTERTAINMENT (Australia) Raquel Welch stars in story of widow accompanying her late husband's casket home to San Francisco from Hong Kong aboard a freighter. Hurricane runs the ship aground with only Miss Welch and a drunken sailor surviving. The isle is called Ravalo of the British Line Islands, 90 miles south of Christmas Island which was previously abandon because of possible nuclear fallout. The sailor wants to stay and be a beachcomber Raquel doesn't. Miss Welch wears a sarong. No natives present. Man, this drunk is the luckiest man on earth!
TUKANA: Husat I Asua? (1994) INSTITUTE OF PNG Stars Albert Toro, Regina Talsa, and Wenceslas Noruke. Feature length comedy/drama filmed in the North Province of New Guinea. Need more info.?
TURANGAWAEWAE (2002) ??? (NZ) Maori story staring Wi Kuki Kaa. Need more information?
TUTTLES OF TAHITI (1942) RKO-RADIO Charles Laughton leads big family of Half Tahitians to easy life in Tahiti with Jon Hall as oldest son. Fun movie with steel guitar score, lots of brown painted skin. Hapa (half) Tahitian song dance numbers, cock fighting, big Hollywood stage set, lots of sarongs or pareus, storm at sea, wedding party.
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954) DISNEY Jules Verne story of a genius but mad submarine captain Nemo who sails the Seven Seas sinking ships. Stars Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre. The captains madness stems from his experiences with slavery on the South Seas island of Rora Panti. His South Sea island hide out was an old volcanic island located 12" 19' Lat. and 169o 28" Long. Also a visit to New Guinea where native cannibals chase Douglas and Lorre out by foot and by canoe. Shark attack and giant squid scenes. Some location shooting. Two Academy Awards: Best Effects and Art Direction. Note: This film's hide out of Capt. Nemo is the archetypal of world evil mastermind volcanic Pacific island lairs found throughout filmdom from James Bond, Austin Powers to Disney's The Incredibles. My have started with Captain Hook.
TWILIGHT FOR THE GODS (1958) UNIVERSAL Rock Hudson and Cyd Charisse in South Seas sailing saga. Old passenger boat sails from Papeete to Honolulu via the Marquesas, captain fighting alcohol, one passenger former Honolulu call girl or of questionable past, storms and near mutiny. Filmed on and between O'ahu and Mau'i. Canoe greeting scene off Lahaina.
TWINS (1988) UNIVERSAL Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Kelly Preston with Hugh O'Brian. Through a secret U.S. genetics experiment to create the perfect human Arnold was born but as a side effect so was his opposite twin, Danny. Danny was raised in an orphanage and the ways of the world while his perfect brother was raised, educated and sheltered from the world on an idealistic "South Sea island", 300 miles south/southwest of Fiji. Only the beginning of the movie do you see Arnold in this environment which was done with a mix of Southern California sets and stock footage. Also of note are two white collar executives masquerading as Hawaii tourist and the beautiful blonde actress Kelly Preston is part-Hawaiian.
TWO LOVES (1961) JULIAN BLAUSTEIN PRODS/MGM Stars Shirley MacLaine, Laurence Harvey and Jack Hawkins. The movie is good for the drama but when Nobu McCarthy (Japanese) and Juano Hernandez (African/Latino) played Maori parts I knew we were in trouble and this was a filmed Californian production. Again good drama, actors and acting but insensitity to Native culture distract from a good story. Compare to GREEN DOLPHIN STREET. Maori and others now knows what Hawaiians have felt for years by "Hollywood" versions of their world. Though sets and art direction was a worthy attempt. Major contrast in movie is between the early conservative MacLaine and the surrounding care-free Māori. Perhaps a motivation for her later switch of morality.
2012 (2009) COLUMBIA According to the ancient Aztec calendar the world ends in 2012. Actually the world didn’t end only the calendar ended but it was a great ride fantasizing about all the world’s catastrophes that could have happened. The film follows stuggling limo driver/author in trying to save his family. Stars John Cusack and his wife Amanda Peet w Woody Harrelson as the “end of the world” radio personality. At one point the family a board Soviet private cargo jet, which tries to land in Honolulu to refuel, only to find Waikiki all a blazed from the lava erupting out of Diamond Head.
TWO-MAN SUBMARINE (1944) COLUMBIA Stars Tom Neal & Ann Savage in a “who done it” WWII “B” movie involving a scientist, a shipwrecked surviving sailor, a two-man Japanese submarine offshore, with Nazis inside, and three natives on a South Seas island. Nazis try to find the secret to penicillin but fail so they escape by the sub that is sunk.
TYPHOON (1940) PARAMOUNT Dorothy Lamour, Robert Preston and Coco the chimp in typical Lamour flick. Working title was SOUTH OF SAMOA. Preston explores for a pearl diving company on island, Lamour has been there for years, not sure of her background, but she rescues Preston fom a neighboring tribe. Than a series of disasters, giant fire and a tidal wave and typhoon settle the couple for the future together.
TYPHOON LOVE (1925) LEE-BRADFORD CORP With Mitchell Lewis and Ruth Clifford. With Mitchell Lewis and Ruth Clifford. Drama about an opal mine in the South Seas. An evil sea captain, who is accompanied with his good daughter, covets the mine of our hero (Lewis). The captain uses a spy as a worker for Lewis to undermine the operation but a typhoon hits and kills captain. Of course the good daughter (Clifford) survives and she and Lewis fall for each other on their island paradise being devastated by a greedy mining operation.
TYPHOON TREASURE (1938) UNITED ARTIST (Austrialia) AKA PERILS OF PAKEMA REEF A ship of treasure goes down off this South Seas island where a bunch of people are after it - two problems, angry natives and an angry alligator. Low budget with footage pirated (get it) from earlier documentaries.
UNDER SIEGE (1992) WARNER BROS. Steven Segal stars in macho movie about rebellious C.I.A. group that takes over a modernized battleship with all its modern weapons, some nuclear. Segal, the cook, saves the ship and O'ahu (the bad ring leader, Tommy Lee Jones, launches a missile towards the island) basically all by himself. Film also starts off with second unit footage of Pearl Harbor including shots of the real president Bush but he did not figure into the story. The battleship's crew members take leave at Pearl at the beginning except for Segal. He stays loyally aboard. Thanks heavens for that!
UNDER THE BLOOD RED SUN (2014) RED SUN PRODS. Independent Hawaii based film of a young Japanese American’s point of view of the Pearl Harbor attack and it’s aftermath. Base on true events. Well done for a low budget period piece. One main character is Charlie a Hawaian gardener who’s sympathic to his Japanese American neighbors. Wil Kahele played Charlie. Also a great performance by young Kalama Epstein who plays the hero’s boyhood friend that stayed at hero’s side throughout the war. From the same titled book by Graham Salisbury.
UNDER THE HULA MOON (1995) PERISCOPE PICTS. Stephen Baldwin, Chris Penn & Ray Bumatai. Baldwin lives in Hawaiian oasis, a trailer in the Arizona dessert decked out in cheap luau party decorations because he’s obsessed with Hawaii and has a dream to visit one day. His pretty, young wife is barely understanding because his get rich quick inventions have always failed. Baldwins half-brother shoots his way out of prison and gives him a visit, and take his wife and money to Mexico. Baldwin in pursuit, gets inspiration from the ghost of King Kamehameha played by Bumatai. They do make it to Hawaii at the end because the U.S. marines buys tons of his invention of 150 ps camouflage sunscreen. Cute scene on Waikiki Beach. Good stock footage of Hawaii (even though some was of Tahiti) great theme song: Johnny Nobles’ My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii digitally cleaned with Kalani Bright singing. Also Hawaiian Paradise sung by Alfred Apaka and the standard Aloha Oe. Connection: scene of Baldwin watching Hawaii 5-0 with the wave and theme song. Dream come true for Baldwin’s character and the Hawaii Visitors Bureau.
UNDERWATER WARRIOR (1958) MGM Ross Martin and Dan Dailey as frogmen in the Pacific. History of Navy divers and their underwater explosions from WWII till the Korean conflict. Filmed in Hawaii and the Marshall Islands as well as San Clemente and Channel islands of California.
UNINVITED GUEST, THE (1924) METRO/SUBMARINE FILM CORP. Shipwrecked in the South Seas. Directed by Ralph Ince. An Heiress and a gambler with his wife land on island. Soon after the couple manage to get off island but leave the heiress and the wife takes her identity. Sponge diver find heiress and rescue her but the diver's partner is mean and wants heiress to himself. Good diver saves her again and helps her return home to get her identity back. The evil partner dies by a giant octopus.
UNKNOWN ISLAND (1948) FILM CLASSICS/A.J.COHEN PRODS. Typical dinosaurs on uncharted Pacific island. With Richard Denning.
UNTAMED WOMEN (1952) UNITED ARTIST “B” movie about four Air Force flyers surviving a crash in the South Pacific and rafting to a strange island ruled by beautiful women, the last descendants of the Druids. Also on island are dinosaurs and ugly cavemen who fight women for breeding purposes. Compare: ISLAND OF LOST WOMEN. Also giant lizards and volcano ending that kills all but one lonely survivor (Mikel Conrad) and sinks island. Now who would believe him?
UNTIL THEY SAIL (1957) MGM Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine, Sandra Dee and Paul Newman in story of four lonely sisters in WWII New Zealand until U.S. Marines become stationed there. Familiar plot of native men not good enough for white girls or native women not even considered by white Marines. This James Michener story was directed by Robert Wise Compare THE LAST TATTOO.
UP FROM THE DEPTHS (1979) NEW WORLD PICS. Sam Bottoms at the bottom of his career in this low budget Roger Corman flick. Story filmed in the Philippines about a man-eating fish terrorizing a Hawaiian resort. Some tikis, hulas and a pig for luau in a imu hot rock pit. Lots of aloha print sarongs.
UP IN ARMS (1944) SAMUEL GOLDWYN / RKO-RADIO PICS. Danny Kaye, Dinah Shore, Diana Andrews (the 3 Ds) in musical/comedy of sailors and their WAC girlfriends heading for South Seas. Mostly filmed on a Hollywood stage. Set is mainland, Naval ship in the Pacific and the Pacific isle of "Laguna". As always the trouble maker Danny gets thrown in brig on the ship and on the island where the Japanese capture him and alone he captures them. No natives. MP: “How about that, of the millions of islands in the Pacific we got to be on one where there are no hula girls and no Japs.”
UP PERISCOPE (1959) LAKESIDE/WARNER BROS. James Garner and Edmond O'Brien "Somewhere in the South Pacific - 1942", on a WWII Japanese infested island and in a submarine, which is based in Pearl Harbor. In Honolulu crew hangs in bar filled with sexy Hawaiian hostesses in cellophane grass skirts. Alan Hale the captain from Gilligan’s Island also costars. It is Hale who is surrounded by the native beauties, who stereotypically can’t keep their hands off him. When Hale leaves, the wahines surround Garner.
UP TO HIS NECK (1954) GENERAL FILMS (UK) Alone on a South Seas island,during WWII, a British sailor guards supplies. His navy forgets him, he turns native and turns to a native lover. The British navy remembers him and returns 10 years later but he doesn’t want to leave. He ends up recovering a stolen sub and a hero. Remake of JACK AHOY (1934).
UTOPIA (1950) FILMS EGE (France) Also titled: ROBINSON CRUSOELAND and ATOLL K. Laurel and Hardy's last film. See ATOLL K for more information.
UTU (1983) GLITTERON (New Zealand) Critically acclaimed movie starring Maori, Anzac Wallace who plays a renegade British soldier who turns on his own army after witnessing the slaughter of his own village by their guns. Set in 1870 Wallace vows revenge or Utu on the British. Very dramatic and very good. Also stars, noted Maori director Merata Mita and Wi Kuki Kaa.
VERY BRADY SEQUEL, A (1996) PARAMOUNT The Brady's end up going to Hawaii to solve a mystery. Fun stuff for South Seas Cinema buffs. First references to TV’s Hawaiian vacation episodes, like the bad luck, little, Tiki; a part played by John Hillerman which reminds us of Higgins from MAGNUM PI; the fact that the professor on GILLIGAN’S ISLE is the father of the Brady girls and others. A must rent to find your own trivia.
VENGEANCE OF THE DEEP (1923) AMERICAN RELEASING CORP. First underwater feature. Set in South Seas but filmed in Hawaii. Whites steal pearls from vengeful native divers. Movie includes treasure, sharks, and a giant clam.
VENGEANCE OF THE DEEP (1940) CINESOUND PRODS. Not the same movie as the 1923 ARC release but it is also has South Seas setting with pearls . Staring Lloyd Hughes. Filmed on Thursday Island or Ti of the Torres Straight Island group. This version is a re-release of LOVERS & LUGGERS (1937) CINESOUND (Australia) where a concert pianist goes to a South Seas island to find a giant pearl for his fiancée than his life turns. He realizes he loves his South Seas life over his famous concert pianist social life and he finds out his so-called fiancée has cheated on him by sending other suitors to find a giant pearl for her. Hope he doesn’t hurt his fingers (reference to THE PIANO). Connection SMITHEREENS (1982) shows small poster of VENGEANCE OF THE DEEP.
VENUS OF THE SOUTH SEAS (1924) BRADFORD CORP. (Silent-5 reeler) Daughter of pearl business owner, who somehow owns islands and the natives too. Those natives that are enterprising and get their own pearls are considered the evil enemy. Dad dies but an evil native wants to kill her “on land” because in the water she can put out the punishment. Later she fall in love with wealthy playboy who comes back for her on the evil pearl trader boat. They escape together at the end.
VICTORY (1919) TOURNEUR Lon Chaney and Wallace Beery in silent. Story of beachcomber on South Seas island who takes pity on troubled woman then bad guys invade him and his island because they think he’s sitting on treasure. (1940) PARAMONT with Fredric March and Betty Field in a sarong. Supposing the best version and supposing set in Dutch East Indies..
VICTORY AT SEA (1954) NBC Theatrical release of an edited 26 episode series of WWII. Italian poster has hula girls on one sheet poster.
VIOLENT ZONE (1989) ARISTA Post WWII on a Pacific isle were now veterans return as hired guns to find kidnap son of a rich guy.
VIRGIN PARADISE, A (1921) FOX (Silent) Drama on a South Seas isle. Little girls missionary parents die by volcanic eruption and survives with a native servant on a South Seas island. Island has monkeys and lions (Hollywood South Seas). The cannibals and the animals like the white girl. She becomes a female Tarzan. Meanwhile, her rich uncle dies and leaves everything to her. A rescue is arrange and one of her rescuers wants to marry this wild thing for the money. She fights with another rescuer who shoots at her lions. The shooter now notices her and begins to respect her. Later as she becomes refined and finally sheds her wild ways she dumps the first insincere guy and marries the now animal loving second guy. Male fantasy of marring a scantly-clad wild jungle babe with loads of money.
VIRUS (1999) UNIVERSAL Stars Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland and Maori Cliff Curtis as native Hiko. Ship goes though through a deadly typhoon, in the eye there is not much hope of surviving a second round of the storm but low and behold also in the eye is a nearly abandon giant Russian research ship which they need to board to survive, one catch there is also an Alien on board that considers humans a deadly virus.
VOODOO ISLAND (1957) BEL-AIR/ UNITED ARTISTS Only things worth mentioning in this bomb is Boris Karloff and it was filmed on Kaua'i. Set on a South Seas island. Voodoo in the Pacific? Note: Adam West has a part who was married to a part-Tahitian. Some evil tikis. Man eating plants.
WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY, THE (1960) COLUMBIA Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson in WWII comedy/drama about old sail boat commissioned as Navy ship and used as fake native boat to transport replacement coast watcher from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Cape Blouster, New Britain. Comical scene when white naval sailors dress as Melanesians, complete with dark skin and black curly wigs, to throw off Japanese air spotters. Also set in Australia and the Coral Sea but filmed in Pearl Harbor and Kaua'i for exteriors. Story supposing led to the Battle of Bismarck Sea.
WAHINE (2000) DISNEY (cable) Another low budget Disney cable movie that was not film in Hawaii. This one is about a mainland raised Hawaiian female teenager who learns to surf in Hawaii. She learns her deceased Hawaiian mother was a great surfer and royalty. She has to decide whether to use her inherited beach front property for a resort or keep it as a good surf spot.
WAIKIKI WEDDING (1937) PARAMOUNT Bing Crosby, Martha Raye, Anthony Quinn in musical/comedy of pineapple PR man's idea of romantic Hawaiian vacation as prize. Winner is disappointed so Bing tricks her to outer island and becomes her beau. Famous hapa-haole (half white-English words w/Hawaiian melodies) tunes Sweet Leilani by Harry Owens and Blue Hawaii.Moonlight romance scene and fake volcano scene. Big hula dance numbers, luau and Samoan knife dance.
WAKE ISLAND (1942) PARAMOUNT Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston in WWII drama of true account of Marines surrounded by large Japanese fleet returning from Pearl Harbor attack. The Americans would never surrender and last man dies at end of picture. Short Pearl Harbor scenes at beginning of picture with departing characters which were shot in front of poor flat paintings.
WAKE OF THE RED WITCH (1948) REPUBLIC John Wayne as adventurous sea captain has personal rival with shipping magnate. Together they get pearls from fictitious Polynesian islanders and fight over a woman. Duke Kahanamoku plays chief with sacred pearls, giant clam and octopus, Wayne treated as a god by naive natives. Also starring Gig Young. Lagoon swimming, big canoe greeting, big feast and big tiki Moai scene. Notes: Duke and Duke film. Wayne speaks Hawaiian in this picture, words are right but still has that unmistakable John Wayne twang.
WALK IN THE CLOUDS, A (1995) 20TH CENTURY FOX Keanu Reeves star as a WWII soldier returning home from fighting in the Pacific to find his war bride incapable with him. He, on a sales trip runs into a beautiful Mexican American from a prominent wine growing family on a bus. He gets kicked out of the bus for defending her from a couple of hoodlums. He finds her down the road crying with all her luggage. He finds out she is unwed and pregnant so he poses as her husband. Despite the fathers pride and outward contempt for him, the couple fall madly in love. See the rest of the movie to see how they resolve their dilemma. Some flashbacks of him fighting on a tropical Pacific island with fake coconut trees.
WALK INTO PARADISE (1956) SOUTHERN INTERNATIONAL (Australia) Filmed and set in New Guinea. White exploratory expedition encounter problems with natives and wildlife. aka WALK INTO HELL.
WALLABY JIM OF THE ISLANDS (1937) GRAND NATL. FILMS George Houston, Mamo Clark, Ruth Coleman. Ten characters listed only Mamo credited even though a couple others Polynesian actors have speaking parts. Wallaby is a shipper who loves the natives and they love him especially Mamo who loves him romantically. A evil German trader forces the natives to dive for pearls in deep water while he tricks Wallaby to leave the island. Wallaby figures him out and returns to save the day. Wallaby sings as well as fights. Set on isle of Raihoa. AKA: SPOILERS OF THE SOUTH SEAS
WAR OF THE MONSTERS (1966) DAIEI Japan Part of the Gamera series but this one has lots of hula girls. A group of bad people travel to a South Pacific Island to steal a protected Opal sacred to the Islanders. Opal turns out to be the egg of Barugon, a giant lizard. Aka: GAMERA VS BARUGON
WARBIRDS (2008) ANCHOR BAY Possibly released initially for the SYFI Channel this Sci-Fi movie is set on a WWII Pacific island. In this fictional version of history the a Col. Toller delivers his top secret “A” bomb via an all-woman crew aboard a B-29 bomber that was supposed to be dropped in Honolulu. The flight continues to the Marianas from Honolulu but were mysteriously attached by not the Japanese but by a Pterosaur. They crash land on the island where Japanese survivors of these flying dinosaurs explained that while digging bunkers in a mountain they unwillingly discovered many Pterosaur eggs and many have hatched. Their conventional WWII weapons in not nearly enough to kill them so they use, da dah, the secret bomb at the end and name their fixed plane the Enola Gay after one of their killed female crew.
WATASHI NO HAWAII NO ARUKIKATA (2014) TOEI Filmed in Honolulu. Japan release need more information? Aka: GO TO HAWAII (possible 6travellogue)
WEDDING SONG, THE (1925) PRODUCERS DISTRO. CORP. Stars Leatrice Joy and Robert Ames. Joy is a member of her bad brother’s gang. The plan his for Joy to marry Ames, who is a Pacific island diamond merchant. Joy falls for Ames sincerely and reforms. The now married couple retreat to Ames’ island and soon the evil brother, with his gang follows. Joy tells the brother that she wants no part of it but the brother still forces Joy to open Ames’ safe. At that moment Ames walks in and misreads the situation. He kicks both off the island. On returning to the boat, Joy learns that the gang planted a bomb under Ames’ house. She then risks her life and runs to get the bomb and throw it safely over the cliff before it exploses. She also inadvertantly kills brother and his gang who where below the cliff. She double redemed herself and she and Ames live happy ever after in their wealth and on their island paradise.
WEIRD WOMAN (1944) UNIVERSAL Lon Chaney Jr. and Evelyn Ankers as Ilona Carr and a Hanna Kaapa as Laraua. A professor returns from a South Seas vacation with a bride raised by natives who thought the bride was supernatural. The Profs ex girlfriend turned mad, spreads rumors that bride is a voodo priestess and then commits a series of murders to validate her rumors. The bride worships a Tiki.
WE'RE NOT DRESSING (1934) PARAMOUNT Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Ethel Mermon and Ray Milland all-star in musical about young sailor who helps young and pretty millionaire boss and her upper-class friends survive after her yacht shipwrecks in deserted South Seas isle. No natives present. Filmed in studio with rear projection and classic "full-moon, over palm trees, at night, with leading couple on beach" set. Directed by Norman Taurog. Other South Seas Cinema references to Robinson Crusoe & THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON. Gracie plays “Aloha Oe” with her accordion at the end. There is also a wild lion on this island?
WHALE RIDER (2003) SOUTH PACIFIC PICTS. (NZ) Winner of numerous international film festivals, this Maori story of a young girl trying to break tribal tradition of being a future female chief of her tribe. Part myth, part culturally sensitive with a lot of good acting. Stars; Keisha Castle-Hughes, Raviri Paratene and Cliff Curtis. Keisha had an Oscar nomination for this film, at 13 the youngest nomination in it's history..
WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED (1999) SOUTH PACIFIC PICTURES (NZ) Follow up to ONCE WERE WARRIORS Jake the Snake’s son is killed by his own gang but it’s the siblings that take revenge not the powerful Jake.
WHAT PRICE DECENCY (1933) EQUITABLE PICTS. Alan Hale tricks Dorothy Burgess to marry on the way to his South Seas island but of couse nothing is what he promised. Natives are friendly.
WHAT THE BUTLLER SAW (1950) HAMMER (UK) A British Earl retires after longs years of service governoring a South Seas island. After he returns to England he finds that an Island Princes that is in love with his butler stowaways in one of their big trunks. The Earl tries to return her but fails. That makes for a funny movie has they (in high society) adjust to her unexpected visit. Fish out of water story, compare TAMAHINE.
WHEN A MAN SEES RED (1917) FOX (Silent) A sailor disgruntled with his captain stays on a South Seas island. There he meets women of his dreams but she is the mistress of a millionaire and she and her millionaire board his ship, the same one that our hero sailor quit from. Then sailor discovers that his ex-captain had raped and murdered his sister so he goes after the captian and the ship as soon as he could. Meanwhile the yacht sinks leaving only the woman of his dreams and the evil captain to survive on another South Seas Island. Captain makes advances to our heroine but she refuses so the captain tries to sell the women to a local native. Sailor comes in time to save her and he kills the captain. AKA: La femme fardée (French) Stars William Farnum and Jewel Carmen.
WHEN ODDS ARE EVEN (1924) FOX William Russell stars in typical South Seas white triangle. Good guy, bad guy and innocent woman in between. The woman owns a opal mine on the South Seas fictional island of “Pago Tai. Of course the good guy Williams wins. Compare TYPHOON LOVE (1925) with the same ending.
WHEN TIME RAN OUT... (1980) IRWIN ALLEN/WARNER BROTHERS Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, Red Buttons, Ernest Borgnine, Burgess Meredith, James Franciscus, Barbara Carrera, Pat Morita, Shelly Winters and more, in a disastrous disaster movie produced by the “Master of Disaster”, Irwin Allen. This time the subject is a volcano set 1000 miles near Fiji on the island of Kalaleu. There, a developer builds a high end Hotel with the volcano, as an attraction, but that plan backfires when the volcano erupts and threatens the whole island. Hawaiian influences in the native inhabitants. One native Iolani, played by Latina Carrera, is a hotel excecutive, a rare position for a Hollywood Islander. Carrera has an affair with the developer Franciscus who is married to the gorgeous actress Veronica Hamel. Two conclusions here: so that is how a native moves up the ladder, and come on Franciscus – freak’n gorgeous Dorothy Hamel! The biggest disaster in the movie. You must be blind Francisus – oh wrong show. Filmed on the Big Island. Originally titled: THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED. Compare escaping volcano scene from DEVIL AT FOUR O'CLOCK, THE (1961).
WHERE THE PAVEMENT ENDS (1923) METRO Affair with South Seas island chief (Ramon Novarro) and daughter of prejudicial missionary. Missionary Pastor and daughter who at first is not happy with island life settles on South Seas island. Young chief likes her and the local saloon owner and former captain lusts after her. The Captain closes saloon and joins church to seek her in marriages but she sees his real intentions and runs away with the one she really loves, the young, handsome native chief. Big fight evil captain dies, but daughter can't fully get over her prejudices and influences by her father so she wont marry chief. Chief jumps into giant falls and kills himself. Father takes daughter away from the island. Shot in Miami & Cuba. Reverse interracial love.
WHISTLER, THE (1944) COLUMBIA First of eight in a series of features based on a popular radio show. This one is set in the Pacific at the beginning of film where wife of our main character dies in an apparent drowning. No body is recovered and the very sadden husband reluctantly returns home. There he wants to kill himself but he cant. He then hires hit man to kill him, the wife shows up alive and well but he can’t find hit man to cancel contract because the middle man he hired is also killed with the necessary information about the hit man lost with his death.
WHITE FLOWER, THE (1923) FAMOUS PLAYERS/ PARAMOUNT Same people and lead actress, Betty Compson, as the 1922 THE BONDED WOMAN but this time Betty plays a hapa-haole (half breed) daughter of a plantation owner who falls in love with newly arrived pineapple manager but his fiancée follows, she asks Kahuna to put curse on her than tries to jump in volcano. Shot in Hawaii with luau, hulas and surfing. Inerracial love triangle.
WHITE HEAT (1934) SEVEN SEAS Complicated romance involving a prejudice sugar planter who deplores his white neighbors who marry native women. Also deplores native women who flirt with him. Drunk one night he falls for wahine who was bathing on in the beach. They live together and she served him until he goes to the mainland and marries a white socialite. Native girl is heart-broken while new wife quickly becomes bored and flirts with a native man then has an affair with a rich white and former boyfriend who sails in with his yacht. True location shooting and many local bit parts. Lead wahine played by Latina. Interacial love quadangle. Aka: CANE FIRE.
WHITE LIES (2013) NZ FILM COMMISSION/SOUTH PACIFIC PICTS. Stars Whirimako Black as a Maori Paraiti or medicine women/mid wife who his unsually call to aid a high society Pakea (white) woman with a secret. Also stars Maori Rachel House. From the writer producer of WHALE RIDER.
WHITE SAVAGE (1943) UNIVERSAL Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu with Tiki god and sacred lagoon with a bottom of gold and big earthquake ending when Tiki god punishes would be gold robbers. Steel guitar music, poor art direction Polynesian & Southeast Asian mix, Hollywood dance numbers and filmed in Southern California. Part for Al Kikume. Can’t forget the lions and Montez’ Spanish accent.
WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS (1928) MGM Alcoholic doctor cast upon island, marries chief's daughter (Raquel Torres), becomes greedy for native pearls, attacks evil trader's ship that was to loot island but trader kills doctor and ravages village with crew. Filmed in Papeete, Tahiti. MGM's first sound film. Directed by Robert Flaherty then W.S. Van Dyke. Clyde DeVinna won Oscar for cinematography. Torres was possibly the first Latina to play a Polynesian.
WHOLE OF THE MOON, THE (1997) TRISTAR INTL. (New Zealand /Canada) Two teens in a cancer ward, one, rich Pakea (caucasian), the other a Maori orphaned street brat played by Nikki Si'Ulepa. A sentimental drama turns into an interracial love story than tragedy.
WHY SAILORS GO WRONG (1928) FOX Comedy of shipwreck on island inhabited by lions, crocodiles, monkeys, cannibals and hula girls. Why film went wrong. Rich dad doesn't approve of young man chasing his daughter so he ships her off on his yacht but young man sneaks aboard boat as it leaves dock. With two inept crewmen yacht shipwrecks on a deserted with lots of native and hungry cannibals (not so deserted after all). The stowaway young man saves daughter which proves him worthy to marry her.
WILD WOMEN (1918) UNIVERSAL Harry Carey in movie involving a castaway cowboy, a Hawaiian princess and an aging Hawaiian queen. Directed by John Ford. After winning some big money at a San Francisco rodeo, Harry and his buddies go to celebrate at a cabaret with hula dancers. Ready to sleep it off in a back room the "wild women" appears and they dance the hula. Then Harry and his friends wake up on a cargo ship heading to Hawaii. Realizing they were shanghaied they jumped ship as soon as possible. Harry and friends ends up on a Hawaiian island because there a homely Hawaiian Princess forces him to marry her. Just as he kisses her in the wedding ceremony Harry wakes up realizing it was all a dream, except for the hangover.
WINDJAMMER (1937) RKO-RADIO George O'Brien competes in yacht race to Honolulu. Near O'ahu his yachting party is rammed in a fog bank by a gun-runner's windjammer. They get held for ransom and later rescued near Macao.
WINDTALKERS (2002) MGM WWII drama of Navaho Indians who used their native language to pass US war information to each other. True story with the fact that the Japanese could never break the code. Stars non-Indian Nicolas Cage and the Navaho are not happy. Although most battles in movie were fought in Micronesia, main base of film was “Kaneohe Marine Base Hospital”. Base is real but Hospital is not. Ironically a major battle scene of Saipan was shot in Hawaii was just across Kaneohe Bay from the real base. They than shot the Kaneohe Marine Base scenes in California. Also Tiki bar scene and the usual US nurse romance. Also stars native American Adam Beach.
WING AND A PRAYER, A (1944) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Dana Andrews, Don Ameche, Charles Bickford and Harry Morgan in another WWII aircraft carrier drama in the Pacific. Good movie about Pearl Harbor and Wake Island. Newsreel footage of Pearl Harbor and Wake Island. Movie ends with the Battle of Midway.
WINGED VICTORY (1944) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Red Buttons has a role in this typical WWII Pacific story where most of it is set during flight training. Directed by George Cukor, Darryl F Zanuck produced.
WINGS OF EAGLES, THE (1957) MGM John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara in story of Frank "Spig" Wead, a successful writer and Naval aviator in the WWII Pacific who was possibly based at Pearl Harbor and recovered in San Diego. Hawaiian music was played as helater boards his carrier in Pearl Harbor and Aloha Oe was played as theme song as Spig retires at the end. Directed by John Ford. Wead wrote other Pacific theatre films like THEY WERE EXPENDABLE. Connection KILL BILL 1 Bride talking to her toes. Dan Dailey plays the ukulel.
WINGS OVER HONOLULU (1937) UNIVERSAL Ray Milland as Navy pilot with mad wife who never sees him cause of night duty. In spite she takes off on an old boy friend's yacht and he chases them in Navy plane. No Hawaii shooting but L.A. Polynesians in bar scene and one with a bit part playing a policeman. Navy propaganda telling Navy wives that husband's service is more important than their happiness even if they are stationed in Hawaii..
WINGS OVER THE PACIFIC (1943) MONOGRAM PICS. CORP. Inez Cooper in story of a U.S. veteran's peace and quiet is shattered as two pilots, a German and an American, shoot each other down on his Pacific island at the beginning of World War II. Pretty Miss Cooper plays the hapa haole (half breed) daughter of the U.S. veteran who bought the isle from a friendly local chief. Of course the American gets the hapa (half breed) at the end in marriage. Later the native warriors and Americans defeat the Germans and invading Japanese and save the haoles (whites). Santini Puailoa, James Lono and a Hawksha Paia were credited. Pacific language or languages where spoken.
WOMAN GOD CHANGED. THE (1921) PARAMOUNT/INTRNL. FILM SERVICE CO. Stars Seena Owen and E.K. Lincoln. Owen plays a professional dancer in who kills her playboy boyfriend who took advantaged of her then dumps her for another women. She runs to Tahiti for refuge. Lincoln plays a detective who finds and captures her in Tahitian dance hall. On the way back they shipwreck on another Pacific island where Owen undergoes a deep change because of the peacefulness of the island. There she and Lincoln fall in love and Lincoln later testifies of this change in court. Mercy is given her by the jury and court. Remade as HIS CAPTIVE WOMAN (1929) but she is convicted in that ending. One of the first use of the “foreign woman of questionable past” trope, that became prevalent here after.
WOMEN OF DEVIL'S ISLAND (1961) DOCUMENTO FILM Although supposingly set in Devil's Island in French Guiana there is a hula dancer and a role with the name "Maeva" (Samoan origin).
WOMEN OF PITCAIRN ISLAND, THE (1956) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Life 18 years after the mutiny on the HMS BOUNTY. Far from factual account about strong native island women survivors of the Bounty crew, who in this plot also survive shipwrecked pirates who fought over a bag of pearls. Very adult themes with widowed native women and their teen viral hapa (half) native children. The pirates also want the women. Almost everyone is Euro-American with lots of brown makeup. Pearl diving.
WOMAN THERE WAS, A (1919) FOX(Silent) Vampire actress Theda Bara played Princess Zara of a South Seas island where a handsome missionary arrives. There is romance but bad luck because of a typhoon and her accidental death. Missionary goes home and marries his white girlfriend. Not so paradise.
WOMAN UNTAMED, THE (1920) ELMER MCGOVERN Mutiny results in a young woman castaway on a South Seas isle, who is then raised by natives who thinks she is a goddess. Later a white hunter survives on the island. The foreign couple fall in love, she convinces the natives that he is a god too and to protect him. His fellow shipmates and hunters find him. He wants to take his untamed women home with him but her savage instinct says no. She knocks him out and puts him on board his ship to be returned home. He does return and marries her and he lives with her on the island.
WORLD BY NIGHT (1962) PUBLITALIA/WARNER BROS. (Italy) MONDO DI NOTTE, IL Featured documentary with a Italian and English (George Sanders) narrators depending on where film was released. This is a typical "Mondo" film as they are some times know even in the U.S.. Mondo is Italian for world. This show travels the world as men would do, checking out strip clubs everywhere. One stop Honolulu. Tahitian dancing scene on Lobby Card. Typical Italian sexploitation feature documentary with Pacific Island women among others.
YAMAMOTO ISOROKU (ADMIRAL YAMAMOTO) (1968) TOHO CO. (Japan) Bio. of the career of famous WWII admiral played by Toshiro Mifune. Scenes included the Pearl Harbor attack and the Battle of Midway. (2011) TOEI Different studio and different actor playing the Admiral, this time, Kôji Yakusho.
YOAKE NO FUTARI (RAINBOW OVER THE PACIFIC) (1968) SHOCHIKU (Japan) Starred Yukio Hashi. Young man meets and falls in love with American/Japanese girl who went back to Hawaii where she lives. He than has a chance to go to Hawaii and does. Filmed in Hawaii.
YOU MAY NOT KISS THE BRIDE (2011) HI FILM PARTNERS Stars Dave Annable & Katharine McPhee with Rob Schneider, Mena Suvari, Kathy Bates and Tia Carrere as support. Unassuming man in Chicago is forced to marry the daughter of a Croatian mobster for her green card. Father sends them far away to Tahiti and Marquesas for a Honeymoon with the strict instructions not to touch her sexually. On the islands the couple fall in love and the bride gets kidnapped. Bits by Willie K. Kahaiali’i and Al Harrington.
YOU, ME AND DUPREE (2006) UNIVERSAL Comedy about newlyweds who get invaded by a mistake and accident prone friend. Big Hawaiian pre wedding and wedding scenes at the beginning. Stars: Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson and Michael Douglas. Also key role by Sidney Liufau as big Samoan security guy for Douglas’ mainland HQ.
YOUNG GUY IN HAWAII (1963) TOHO (Japan) see HAWAII NO WAKADAISHO.
YOUR IN THE NAVY NOW (1951) 20TH CENTURY-FOX Gary Cooper in Navy experimental MGM steamship. Where set? The real ship served all around the South Seas Australia and the Philippines. Also stars; Jane Greer, Eddie Albert, Jack Webb and the first movie for Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson.
YOUTHFUL CHEATERS (1923) FILM GUILD Set on a South Seas island, on Long Island and on board a ship on the Pacific. Father and son who works on cholera patients are returning home to the South Seas from a working trip in Asia. They pick up a young lady on one port than the ship is on quarantine at another port where the two young ones fall in love. When the ordeal is over the young lady goes home to New York. The young genes get warm and the son goes after her only to find out what a party goer she is with all her wild friends. The dad comes over to make a surprise visit which reminds the son how important his dad's work is and really what life is about. The young lady realizes it too, because she goes back to the South Seas with them.