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Pagan Love Song (1950)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 29 December 1950 (USA)
A man from Ohio inherits a coconut plantation and falls in love with a half-American, half-Tahitian beauty. Song-and-swim musical ensues in the tropical paradise.



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Mimi Bennett
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The bronzed and be-flowered Mimi, a half-American, half-Tahitian girl, was raised on the island but longs for the good old U.S. of A. "All my life's been one long vacation," she sighs, "and I'm bored." Luckily, Hap Endicott arrives on the scene. He's an Ohio schoolteacher who has come to manage his late uncle's coconut plantation. The two meet cute, and love and singing ensue. Includes songs at the drop of the hat, some terrific Tahitian dancing, and a lovely moment when a lovelorn Hap looks up and sees Mimi swimming gracefully among the clouds. Written by Ali Davis

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Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

29 December 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tahiti  »


Box Office


$1,906,265 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Three songs were cut after previews: "Why Is Love So Crazy (Reprise)" and "Sea of the Moon" (sung by Esther Williams, dubbed by Betty Wand) and "Music on the Water" (sung by Howard Keel). See more »


When Howard Keel rides past the two natives in the small truck with the bath tub in the back. The first look is as he approaching the truck and the tub can be seen riding intact in the back of the truck. After he passes the truck the bath tub now looks in rough shape. And it now seems to be wobbling like it's missing a leg. And when the scene is viewed in slow motion. The tub come apart in mid-air. It didn't seem to have any reason to break yet. It hadn't hit the ground yet. See more »


Referenced in Éden (2011) See more »


Music in the Water
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Song was cut from the film
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"All I wanna do is lie in the sun."
26 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

So-so musical with Howard Keel as an American coming to Tahiti to run a plantation he inherited. There he meets and immediately falls for a biracial Tahitian, played by Esther Williams. About as flimsy as they come, how much this entertains you will depend on how big a fan you are of the two stars. Keel sings a few decent songs and Esther has some nice swimming scenes. Both are great in their areas of expertise but their chemistry is nonexistent, so the romance aspect of the story falls flat. This was a troubled production that included a broken arm for Keel and a near-drowning incident for Esther. It also went way over budget and Esther found out she was pregnant during filming. The parts of the movie that were shot on location were shot in Hawaii, not Tahiti. The attractive scenery is certainly a plus, as is the short runtime. It's ultimately nothing special but if you enjoy handsome Keel's voice or beautiful Esther's swimming, you'll want to see it at least once. But be forewarned all that fake laughter gets old after awhile.

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