Ex-flyer Kenneth Crandall is surprised by his boss in an Australian nightclub, while attempting a robbery. Papita, Crandall's accomplice and the boss's wife, is shot and killed by her ...
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Ex-flyer Kenneth Crandall is surprised by his boss in an Australian nightclub, while attempting a robbery. Papita, Crandall's accomplice and the boss's wife, is shot and killed by her husband, but Crandall escapes with the money. He steals an airplane and crashes on an uncharted Samoan island, where he is befriended by Peter Appleton, the sole white man; Chief Tihoti and a beautiful native girl, Moana. Crandall is obsessed with the idea of returning to civilization with his loot and, after much persuasion, he gets the natives to build an air strip while he repairs the damaged airplane. Written by
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American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-1950, credits actress Jacqueline de Wit with the role of "Pepita;" actually, she plays Marguerite, murdered wife of Nick Leach (Ben Welden), in the opening minutes of the film. See more »
Interesting piece that started off with a robbery - well, two robberies, as he stole a plane also - and had the villain flying into a hurricane. A hurricane in the Pacific. I'm no expert, but I think they should get that part right - the Pacific has typhoons, not hurricanes.
Anyway, the story is really about owning up to your mistakes and making amends, The islands customs in this regard were very interesting. It was also about greed. The chief made it very clear that he needed no money. They had plenty of fish, coconuts, and boats. What would they do with money. Forget that and let's party! The acting was surprisingly good overall and the life was one that would certainly be envied.
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