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Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1953)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 1 March 1953 (USA)
War-weary Captain Willoby and his men are the occupation force on an island of lovely women...and are forbidden to fraternize.

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Complete credited cast:
William Lundigan ...
Capt. W.W. 'Bill' Willoby
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Diana Forrester
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Rozouila
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Lt. Carl G. Schmidt
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Angela Toland
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Rev. Paul Edgett
Jack Paar ...
Lt. Mike Sloan
Alvin Greenman ...
Cpl. Kolta
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King Jilouili
Henry Kulky ...
First Sergeant Jones
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World War II is over but Captain Willoby and his men must "occupy" remote Midi Island. The men are disgusted at not going home...until they meet the friendly island women. Unfortunately, Willoby has been ordered to prohibit his men from "fraternizing." This task, already frustrating, is made worse by the presence of missionary's niece Diana and the arrival of gorgeous journalist Angela. Meanwhile, the island king has presented Willoby with equally gorgeous Rozouila as "wife"... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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June Haver turned down the part of Diana Forrester. See more »

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Reverend Edgett: Ouch! ...You know, when a minister strikes his thumb, it's very frustrating.
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Referenced in American Masters: Jack Paar: 'As I Was Saying...' (1997) See more »

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THE DRUM CHANT
Written by Ken Darby
Sung by chorus
Danced by Mitzi Gaynor
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Mediocre musical -- yawn
17 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oddball cast fails to enliven unimaginative rip-off of SOUTH PACIFIC. Songs by the brilliant Harold Arlen and Ralph Blaine make little impression.

Mitzi Gaynor is amusingly miscast as a native Polynesian girl (with honey-colored hair?!)

Lundigan has about as much charisma as one of the coconuts Gaynor keeps dropping on his head (in real life, of course, a coconut falling on you could easily kill you). Still, the three women in the picture compete madly for his attentions while a pack of love-hungry G.I.s act really stupid every time they glimpse a woman's ankles.

Filmed in 1950 but not released till 1953 -- that suggests to me the studio knew it was a stinker.


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