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The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942)

 -  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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Jonas
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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Wow, times sure have changed!
20 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Here in the 21st century, it's very hard to imagine a mainstream family movie whose plot involves cock fighting! But, very oddly, this is a major plot element in "The Tuttles of Tahiti"--a very strange film from 1942. Times sure have changed and I am pretty sure PETA-types won't appreciate this movie.

The casting of "The Tuttles of Tahiti" is quite strange--though in the 1940s, such odd casting was not unusual. While you might expect French-speaking (or at least French-accented) actors since the islands are French, there are none. While you might expect Polynesian-looking actors, many are just white guys who are painted a bit dark to look kinda Tahitian! As I said, this was the norm in the good 'ol days. So, don't be too surprised when you see Charles Laughton in this inappropriate role.

The story is about the Tuttles--sort of like the Waltons set in Polynesia. The patriarch of the family (Laughton) seemed like a bit of a schemer and lazy guy. After all, gambling everything he has on a cock fight! And, throughout the course of the film it gets worse--but you'll have to see to that yourself. All I know is that I had a hard time liking or connecting with any of them. And so, when he gets himself into serious trouble, I just didn't care. However, I noticed the other reviewers did like the film--so maybe you will, too. Well made but the script just didn't wow me at all.


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