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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Jon Hall escapes to a South Seas island...again...
Columbia distributed this quickie made on the cheap in California with
settings that convincingly make it look as though it was filmed in
Samoa. The B&W photography is crisp and JON HALL is once again a man on
the lam after a crime whose plane crashes in the South Seas.
Naturally, he falls in love with a native girl who recites the sort of
dialog Dorothy Lamour used to have in all those jungle films she did
early in her career. SUSAN CABOT is the girl, and while she's very
pretty she's also a very limited actress--which doesn't matter much in
this case since she just has to wear a sarong and gaze longingly at
Hall for most of the film and smile prettily at the end when he returns
to civilization without her to seek redemption for his theft of stolen
Hall had put on a little more weight by this time and looks beefy but
still has the famously rugged physique that served him so well in all
those films he did in the '40s with Maria Montez and Sabu.
It's really a simple morality tale, told amid pleasantly lush
surroundings of an island paradise. RAYMOND GREENLEAF is the island's
pastor who convinces Hall to make amends and then return to the island
after he's served his time. If the plot sounds familiar, it's because
Jon Hall had basically the same role years earlier in his breakthrough
film, THE HURRICANE where he spent most of the film escaping from
various jails in order to be reunited with Dorothy Lamour.
This is no "hurricane", but it does have a volcano that erupts in the
final reel as well as a minor earthquake.
Summing up: Passes the time in a brief spell, but everything about it
is "minor", including the story.
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