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South of Tahiti (1941)

An airplane crashes in an uncharted Pacific island, south of Tahiti. Three men survive, and one gets in love with a beautiful native girl. She is the the daughter of the tribe's leader, who may inherit the throne after the tragic death of her brother, and she is as savage as her pet leopard. The other men prefer to think about how to rob the tribe's gold treasure.

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Bob
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Chuck
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Moose
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Melahi
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Captain Larkin
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High Chief Kawalima
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Tutara
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Tahawa
Ignacio Sáenz ...
Kuana (as Ignacio Saenz)
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Besar
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Well, yes, the original script title is "White Savage" but this film has a different plot than the film made later with the title of "White Savage." This one has four men drifting ashore, after their motorboat conked out, on an exotic south Pacific island---just south of Tahiti---where they meet a beautiful native girl, and both she and her pet leopard on this island are just pussycats. Anyway, the island is populated by some gentle folk who don't care much for white people, but do tolerate them and even put up with some of their uncivil manners, but draw the line when a couple of them are looking for a way to make off with the island pearls, including Melahi, the native king's daughter. It, of course, turns out she is really the daughter of a white man, and this is because the censors in 1941, weren't going to give an approved-PCA seal to a film that had ant taboo inter-racial romancing as part of the plot. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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50 SARONG-CLAD GODDESSES OF LOVE! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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17 October 1941 (USA)  »

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White Savage  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Melahi's sarong has a zipper up the back. See more »

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Tahawa: [to Chuck] You have broken tribal law. Native girl, daughter of chieg, not for white man.
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Edited into Devil Goddess (1955) See more »

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Melahi
Music by Frank Skinner
Lyrics by George Waggner
Sung by Maria Montez (dubbed by Martha Mears)
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Here on Melahi's isle.
21 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No matter how you slice up the coconut, it comes up tropical, and Hollywood B movies figured out that there was nothing sarong with that. Three sailors are shipwrecked, as the title indicates, south of Tahiti. Rugged Brian Donlevy, gruff Broderick Crawford and happy fat man Andy Devine aren't out to strip the island of its natural resources (pearls), but some of the superstitious natives don't quite trust them. When greed strikes Crawford, getting off the island thanks to plane parts found on the island doesn't become a priority. Of course, that adds to the rising tension among the island men who see past the romantic notions of several of the island girls.

Between native girls Maria Montez and Armida (immediately going after the portly Devine), a somewhat tames leopard (and some cute kittens), the three already have enough issues without dealing with the suspicious and jealous Abner Biberman. Inconsequential yet tons of fun for one of the hundreds of classic jungle films made during the golden age, this marked Maria Montez's first major part. This is fine for what it is, but the abundance of American actors in dark makeup playing Pacific islanders (including H.B. Warner as the English speaking chief) makes it clichéd and far-fetched. Still, there's enough comedy, romance and adventure to keep you interested, even though this story is older than cinema itself.


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