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His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)

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A Yankee sea captain has adventures in paradise trying to become an entrepreneur in Micronesia.

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Capt. David Dion O'Keefe / Narrator
Joan Rice ...
Dalabo aki Dali
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Alfred Tetins (as Andre Morell)
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Fatumak, Medicine Man
Archie Savage ...
Boogulroo
Benson Fong ...
Mr. Chou
Tessa Prendergast ...
Kakofel
Lloyd Berrell ...
Inifel
Charles Horvath ...
Philip Ahn ...
Sien Tang, Dentist
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Herr Weber
Grant Taylor ...
Lt. Brenner
Alexander Archdale ...
Bob Harris
Harvey Adams ...
Herr Friedlander
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In 1870, Yankee sea captain O'Keefe finds himself stranded after a mutiny on the Micronesian island of Yap, where the financial potential of copra (dried cocoanut) excites him. But a German company already has a monopoly...and very low production because hard work is alien to dwellers in paradise. On a later voyage, between affairs with island maidens, O'Keefe struggles to find the key to the wealth of Yap. But before he can carve out the empire of his dreams, he must also contend with assorted villains... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Adventure Beyond The Fabulous! Two Years In The Making! All Of It Actually Filmed In The Fiji Islands!


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16 January 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le roi des îles  »

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$1,550,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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The British print has a Robert Farnon score conducted by Louis Levy, re-scored in Hollywood by Dimitri Tiomkin. Both versions are occasionally screened on British television. See more »

Goofs

When O'Keefe's mutinous crew throws him overboard at the beginning, he climbs into the lifeboat being towed by his ship. A crewman is then shown cutting the tow line, but when the camera cuts back to O'Keefe in the boat, the line is still taut and leading up to the ship. Only later is the severed line shown floating slack in the water. See more »

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Capt. David O'Keefe: Goodbye, Fatumak. Thank you for everything. Goodbye!
Fatumak, Medicine Man: There are no goodbyes between friends.
[handing him a necklace]
Fatumak, Medicine Man: This is the whale's tooth of remembrance until we meet again.
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We all lose ourselves sometimes.
20 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

His Majesty O'Keefe is directed by Byron Haskin and adapted to the screen by Borden Chase & James Hill from the novel written by Lawrence Klingman & Gerald Green. It stars Burt Lancaster, Joan Rice, Andre Morell and Abraham Sofaer. Music is by Robert Farnon and Technicolor photography by Otto Heller.

Plot finds Lancaster as Captain David O'Keefe, who after a mutiny is tossed overboard in the South Pacific. Making his way to Yap Island, O'Keefe is pleased to see the money making potential by harvesting copra from the mass coconut growth on the island. However, the natives aren't exactly thrilled by his intentions and there's also some serious German businessmen interested in the island as well. Too many cooks spoil the broth and this once peaceful little island is soon to become a hotbed of greed and division.

It's all very muscular and pretty (actually filmed on location in Fiji), led by a super tanned, white toothy grinned Lancaster, film has a very decent theme at its core, but sadly this mostly get lost in the confusing mixture. Picture never quite settles into being one cohesive whole, at times a wannabe swashbuckling adventure propelled by a South Seas love story, at others an observation of capitalism corrupting the beautiful untapped paradise's of the world. The pace is stop/start, with Haskin (Treasure Island) struggling manfully to make the various strands of the screenplay work, and cast are effective enough in just about retaining viewing Interest.

Worth it for Lancaster fans, and for fans of great choreography and attractive scenery. But it remains a hit and miss affair, it takes an age to make its point but survives ignominy on account of the unusual flavours in the mix. 5/10


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