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South Sea Sinner (1950)

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A tramp steamer lands sick crewman Jake Davis on rubber-growing island Oraka, from which voluptuous, bedroom-eyed saloon singer Coral is about to be ejected because "men like her too much."... See full summary »


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A tramp steamer lands sick crewman Jake Davis on rubber-growing island Oraka, from which voluptuous, bedroom-eyed saloon singer Coral is about to be ejected because "men like her too much." But Coral's slimy boss Cognac gets her a reprieve so she can learn Jake's secret. In the process, Coral gets a bit too fond of Jake, who (suspected of wartime collaboration ) resolves on new efforts to clear himself; but more complications arise. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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It's that Shelley again! ...that wonderful bad girl at her best!


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Release Date:

1 September 1950 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

A Pecadora dos Mares do Sul  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Liberace's movie debut. See more »


Coral: I'm no thinker, Mr. Davis. It's the poorest paying profession.
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Remake of Seven Sinners (1940) See more »


Written by Albert von Tilzer and Lew Brown
Performed by Shelley Winters
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Shelley looks like a million
28 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From Shelley's brief sex siren period this over heated potboiler offers her a chance to shake her hips and prance around in midriff baring outfits, feathers and bangles.

In this remake of the Marlene Dietrich/John Wayne starrer Seven Sinners on a lower budget Shelley manages to inject a bit of characterization into her part even if she's obviously dubbed when singing. MacDonald Carey however is no John Wayne so Frank Lovejoy in his second lead role makes a stronger impression than he throwing off the balance of the story.

This was the screen bow of Liberace who plays the piano player in the gin mill our South Sea Sinner Shelley works at. He is completely shorn of his later glitz and at first seems as if he'll remain firmly in the background. But the film makers find a way even in the tropics to give him a spotlight moment complete with candelabra and mood lighting to offer up a performance that no refugee drifter would ever be capable of. It adds to the overall absurdity of the film and he does play beautifully.

Worth catching for Shelley's commitment to a role she probably hated doing and the sometimes wild designs the wardrobe department came up with for her.

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