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Return to Paradise (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 10 July 1953 (USA)
An American drifter comes to a remote Polynesian island controlled by a Puritanical missionary and turns the social life of the island upside-down.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

James A. Michener (adapted from the story by), Charles Kaufman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Mr. Morgan
Barry Jones ... Pastor Corbett
Roberta Haynes ... Maeva
Moira Walker Moira Walker ... Turia (as Moira MacDonald)
John Hudson ... Captain Harry Faber
Mamea Matatumua Mamea Matatumua ... Tonga (as Chief Mamea Matatumua)
Hans Kruse Hans Kruse ... Rori at age 21
Terry Dunleavy Terry Dunleavy ... Mac
Howard Paulsen Howard Paulsen ... Russ
Donald Ashford Donald Ashford ... Cutler
Herbert Ah Sue Herbert Ah Sue ... Kura
Va'a Va'a ... Rori at age 9 (as Felice Va'a)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frances Gow Frances Gow ... Mrs. Talbot (scenes deleted)
Brian McEwen Brian McEwen ... Hank Elliott (scenes deleted)
Web Overlander Web Overlander ... Will Talbot (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Based on the short story "Mr. Morgan" from "Return To Paradise" (James Michener's sequel to "Tales of the South Pacific"). Morgan (Gary Cooper), a drifter and soldier-of-fortune washes up on a Pacific island that is a small dictatorial state under the puritanic rule of Pastor Corbett (Barry Jones), a missionary. They conflict but Morgan stays on and carves out a cozy life. He has a child out of wedlock with island native Maeva (Roberta Haynes), but departs the island after her death, leaving the young daughter behind. He returns years later in search of his daughter. It is circa the early years of WW II, and he finds that his daughter has fallen in love with an American pilot who has crash-landed on the island. It appears that the pilot will do for the girl what Morgan did for her mother, and then depart. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They called him Morgantani and to some he was a god ... but to one woman, Mister Morgan was a Man ! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso al Paraiso See more »

Filming Locations:

Matautu, Samoa See more »

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Budget:

$515,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Aspen Productions (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The 50th anniversary of the shooting of the film was celebrated on Upolu Island, Samoa, on November 5, 2003. Roberta Haynes, Donald Ashford, Terry Dunleavy, Moira MacDonald and local cast members were present. See more »

Quotes

Pastor Corbett: You know, Morgan, I've often wondered how you would have fared with the wardens if you hadn't had that... shotgun.
Mr. Morgan: You know, Corbett... tell you a secret. After those first two shots, it was always empty. It still is.
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Connections

Referenced in Getaway: Episode #15.34 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Return To Paradise
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Performed by Kitty White
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A cult classic in Samoa !
30 December 2005 | by jonseyfamilySee all my reviews

Let's get one thing straight, the actors in this movie are portraying Pacific Islanders NOT aboriginals.

I like this movie if only for the fact that it is probably the only Hollywood movie that was filmed in Western Samoa . It still gets played regularly there on one of the countries two t.v stations and it even has a beach proudly named after it where it was filmed on the south side of Upolu, the main island of Samoa.

Maybe not everyones cup of tea here but the story has had similar parallels in real life many times over.

Enjoyable !


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