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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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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
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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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Friendly Island  »

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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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WHAT MAKE DE DIFF'RENCE
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics Ralph Blane
Sung by Mitzi Gaynor
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Well Ain't That Too Damned Bad
2 May 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Lots of behind the screen talent takes a whack at what seems to be an attempt to make something to compete with the success of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC. They struggle with some unfortunately odd casting choices to produce a fitfully interesting, silly musical. We have Billy Gilbert and Mitzi Gaynor as Polynesians, William Lundigan and Jane Greer singing songs written by Harold Arlen and Ralph Blaine, and smirking Jack Paar as an army officer.

It's all an attempt to keep soldiers on Rest and Recreation on a delightful Polynesian island from fraternizing with the native girls, and Edmund Goulding fighting with a script by Claude Binyon -- whose writing talents were best expended on Abbott and Costello programmers -- to produce something interesting. The photography is the only part of the movie that can't be faulted: it's typical of the Fox musical style. It looks like it was planned for a Betty Grable musical but whatever her intended role was, it was recast. If you must watch this, see if you can spot Lee Marvin in the ensemble.


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