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Two men searching for black pearls are marooned on an island when their crew mutinies. There they run into a beautiful girl who had been washed up on the island in her childhood. They must fight angry natives and a typhoon in order to survive. Written by
One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
Lame-brained sarong epic brightened by state of the art special effects.
This shoestring-budgeted vehicle for Dorothy Lamour is pretty lame-brained in its first hour and redeems itself in spectacular special effects within the last ten minutes. The location camera work is pretty in Technicolor. Lamour is a grown up child, cast adrift in a storm that killed her father, and not only survives for ten years on an atol, but is full of wisdom with only a chimp (overacting pitifully) as a companion. Into this paradise comes Robert Preston in his young leading man phase and comic Lynne Overman, looking for a pearl bed and fleeing angry natives. Of course she falls for Preston and the natives set fire to the island (funny how all that lush vegetation just bursts into flame). The great typhoon and tidal wave effects come just in the nick of time, dousing the flaming island and getting rid of the bad guys as our hero, heroine, chimp and funny man watch from their platform high in the treetops. This would have been a forgettable film if it weren't for the spectacular fire and tidal wave effects in the last ten minutes, deservedly copping for the film an Oscar nom for best Special Effects. If you have to see it, set your clock and tune in only the last ten minutes.
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