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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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Complete credited cast:
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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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island | hong kong | copra | coconut | native | See more »

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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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Because of cost overruns on "The Crimson Pirate" and "His Majesty O'Keefe," Warner Brothers insisted that future films from Hecht/Lancaster be limited to $900,000. Lancaster and Hecht's response was to strike a new deal with United Artists. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Capt. David O'Keefe: Where did I go wrong, old man?
Fatumak, Medicine Man: We all lose our way sometimes.
Capt. David O'Keefe: [repeating] Where did I go wrong?
Fatumak, Medicine Man: The whale that swallows the dolphin chokes and dies, but the whale who lives without greed is the king of the sea.
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A King without a Crown
22 January 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1870, the ambitious Captain David Dion O'Keefe (Burt Lancaster) leaves Hong Kong to seek the valuable copra in the South Seas. He pushes his crew too much and faces a mutiny. When the crew assumes the ship, they leave Captain O'Keefe in a small boat in the middle of nowhere. O'Keefe is found on the shore of the Island of Yap and is saved by the German agent from the company that has the monopoly in Yap, Alfred Tetins (Andre Morell), and the native Fatumak (Abraham Sofaer). When O'Keefe is recovered, he finds stranded in an island with a large quantity of coconuts and he sees the possibility of raising a fortune exploring the natural resource. However the natives do not like to work and O'Keefe returns to Hong Kong.

Captain O'Keefe tries to raise a loan to buy a new vessel, but he does not find any sponsor but the Chinese dentist Sien Tang (Philip Ahn) that offers his old vessel, crew and supplies to O'Keefe to become his partner and share his profits. O'Keefe accepts and begins his dangerous journey through the South Seas.

"His Majesty O'Keefe" is a silly adventure of an ambitious captain that seeks fortune in Micronesia and becomes a king without a crown. The plot has action, romance and drama and entertains but is dated and does not work well, despite the excellent Burt Lancaster in the lead role. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Sua Majestade o Aventureiro" ("His Majesty the Adventurer")


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