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The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  1 May 1942 (USA)
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After a long absense from the island, Chester Tuttle returns to Tahiti to find that little has changed. His large family, particularly his scheming Uncle Jonas, would rather dance and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jon Hall ...
Chester
Peggy Drake ...
Tamara
Victor Francen ...
Dr. Blondin
Gene Reynolds ...
Ru
Florence Bates ...
Emily
Curt Bois ...
Jensen
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ...
Mama Ruau (as Adeline de Walt Reynolds)
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Nat
Leonard Sues ...
Fana
Jody Gilbert ...
Effie
Tommy Cook ...
Riki
Jack Carr ...
Rapoti
Jimmy Ames ...
Manu
Ernie Adams ...
Paki
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After a long absense from the island, Chester Tuttle returns to Tahiti to find that little has changed. His large family, particularly his scheming Uncle Jonas, would rather dance and romance than earn a living. When Jonas loses the family plantation in a cockfight, Chester saves the day by towing in a large ship abandoned at sea and claiming the salvage. But opening a joint bank account in the name of the Tuttle clan may not have been a wise decision.... Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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1 May 1942 (USA)  »

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A Vida Assim é Melhor  »

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Charles Laughton, who plays the senior Mr. Tuttle, also played Capt. Bligh in 1935's "Mutiny on the Bounty." It is believed that some of the actual mutineers from the Bounty settled in Tahiti. So there is a good possibility that Tuttles, being Caucasian, were their descendants. See more »

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Laughton, Hall, et. al.
11 December 2000 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

This film has two of the great ones, Charles Laughton and Florence Bates. She was one of the great character actors and he was just great. However, when you add a Nordhoff and Hall story to the mixture, you get a delightful story about a ne'er-do-well dreamer whose sons salvage a ship and Papa, Laughton, spends the prize money. I especially loved it when Papa Tuttle has spent all the money and gets a note from the bank that he's overdrawn and sends one of his kids with a check to cover the checks he's been writing. How many times have we all wanted to do that? The story is a bit too romantic and commonplace for today's audiences who demand slice 'n dice bloody scenes along with spectacular eye-dazzling effects. It's still a wonderful tale and has a great deal of charm about a lost time and place before it all turned to modernity. If that sounds too maudlin or nostalgic, I guess that's just how it is. Check it out. Bates and Laughton are great as is Hall out of his usual sarong roles with Dottie Lamour.


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