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His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)

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

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Joan Rice ...
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Alfred Tetins (as Andre Morell)
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Boogulroo
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Mr. Chou
Tessa Prendergast ...
Kakofel
Lloyd Berrell ...
Inifel
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Capt. Bully Hayes
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Herr Weber
Grant Taylor ...
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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)  »

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East Meets West  »

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Henry "Bully" Hayes (1829-77) was a South Seas pirate born in Cleveland, OH. He ran trading missions throughout the South Pacific (including the Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Australia), specializing in rum and rifles, but he was not averse to "blackbirding" (slaving). He was killed after a violent disagreement and his body was thrown into the ocean. His murderer was never brought to justice. 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: [applying for a loan at the South China Bank in Hong Kong] I want to buy the "Malayan Queen." She's up for sale at 30,000 Pounds.
Beldon, Hong Kong Banker: Let me understand you: you want the South China Bank to advance you 30,000 Pounds, for the purpose of buying the "Malayan Queen"?
Capt. David O'Keefe: That's right.
Beldon, Hong Kong Banker: Against what security?
Capt. David O'Keefe: [holds up some gold coins] These. Plus my reputation.
Beldon, Hong Kong Banker: But Captain, things aren't done this way. It simply isn't banking.
Capt. David O'Keefe: Why not?
Beldon, Hong Kong Banker: I could never explain it to my stockholders. It would cost me my job.
Capt. David O'Keefe: ...
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EMERALD ISLE
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Haskin's best film at his best moment
3 September 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Film made the biggest and best art director Byron Haskin, "His Majesty O'Keefe" has never enjoyed the same popularity as "The War of the Worlds" 1953 or "The Naked Jungle" 1954, although it is quite superior in almost every respect.

Not being a sci-fi is essential to understand this result, as the adventure genre that has always had a bias as contempt for critics and awards.

Three elements make it an interesting film: The presence of a Burt Lancaster in a compelling and extraordinary physical fitness, which make it again won the award for best actor-athlete of all time. It has beautiful locations and images that we can taste at a time when it was fashionable these films on remote islands and idyllic, as shown in the same year opened the magnificent "All the Brothers Were Valiant" 1953, Richard Thorpe. Finally, a script by Borden Chase New York author of works such as "Red River" 1948, "Bend of the River" 1952, "Vera Cruz" 1954 or "The Far county" 1954, which left its mark by introducing a series of political components unusual trading in the adventure genre.

But the film can not avoid some ballast important as ethnocentric character of certain contempt for the Aborigines over the years is most noticeable. Besides the love story is at the excess in both length as the argument to be so bland. Byron Haskin almost always prevails special effects technician who was on the director.

This is probably the best film of its golden age Haskin, of the sixties should be noted "The Adventures of Sinbad" - at least it was a pure family entertainment quite achieved.


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