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South of Pago Pago (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 19 July 1940 (USA)
A TREASURE HUNT ADVENTURE !

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writer:

George Bruce (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor McLaglen ... Bucko Larson
Jon Hall ... Kehane
Frances Farmer ... Ruby Taylor
Olympe Bradna ... Malia
Gene Lockhart ... Lindsay
Douglass Dumbrille ... Williams
Francis Ford ... Foster
Ben Welden ... Grimes
Abner Biberman ... Manuel Ferro
Pedro de Cordoba ... Chief
Rudy Robles ... Luna
Bobby Stone Bobby Stone ... Hono (as Robert Stone)
Nellie Duran Nellie Duran ... Laulau
James Flavin ... Cafe Customer
Nina Campana Nina Campana ... Hono's Mother (as Nina Compana)
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In the 1890s, white-skinned Ruby Taylor (Frances Farmer) makes a strange journey from Singapore to Pago Pago and meets Kehane (Jon Hall). son of the chieftain (Pedro de Cordoba) of the island natives who have lived for centuries knowing no thought of greed or evil...But Ruby's companions have their own plan for the future of Kehane and his brothers. Driven by greed, Brutal Captain Bucko Larsen (Victor McLasglen) is systematically crippling the young men of the tribe by making them dive deep into treacherous waters for the pearls he brings to Ruby in an attempt to buy her love. Roused by Larsen's ruthlessness, the young men of Kehane's tribe rebel against his domineering cruelty. A vicious battle ensues, in which the crude weapons of the natives are pitted against the firearms of the white men. The battle rages on to a violent culmination when Kehena turns the white men's weapons against them. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Greed and lust threaten a tropical paradise. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al sur de Pago Pago See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alfred Green replaced Tay Garnett as director. See more »

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Referenced in Dad's Army (2016) See more »

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South of Pago Pago
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
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A flawless, exquisite Polynesian tapestry; should be a model for the genre
26 February 1999 | by leew-7See all my reviews

Edward Small took director Alfred E. Green's cast and crew - an uncommonly attractive and brilliant assemblage - to the south seas to do the majority of this curiously undersung piece on location. Far less stylized/dated than Goldwyn's THE HURRICANE, it is admittedly riddled with cliches and formula, but packaged in such visual and technical excellence it scarcely matters.

There are scenes that will stop the heart. Chiseled adonis Jon Hall and porcelain idol Frances Farmer outlined in profile(s) against the steaming background volcano take the romantic closeup to a level that defies comparison.

Edward Small's films typically were strings of frames any one of which was an individual work of art in itself. What can one say but that with this one he outdid even himself, as did workhorse composer Edward Ward on song and score, some years prior to his work on Universal's stunning PHANTOM OF THE OPERA?


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