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
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William Henry "Bully" Hayes (1829 - 1877) was a South Sea pirate born in Cleveland, Ohio. He ran trading missions throughout the South Pacific (including the Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, New Zealand , Australia), specialising 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 »
When O'Keefe makes his bargain with his Hong Kong partner, he says (in v.o.) that he is sailing "North to Yap." But Yap really lies south (southeast actually) of Hong Kong. See more »
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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