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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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Cast

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
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Mr. Chou
Tessa Prendergast ...
Kakofel
Lloyd Berrell ...
Inifel
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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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Storyline

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!


Certificate:

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Release Date:

16 January 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

East Meets West  »

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Budget:

$1,550,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Connections

Referenced in Ronde de nuit (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Isa Lei
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4 May 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A deeply subversive, yet utterly enjoyable (and kinda true)South Seas movie from the 50's. Burt Lancaster is a typical 19th century trader/pirate whose only ambition is to make money out of the "natives", and fast. He comes to a Pacific Island Utopia where no one has to work... because who needs money?...

Vastly underrrated, this film makes all kinds of points. The Natives (half of whom, admittedly,are white guys in blackface)are dangerous quasi-cannibals. But the white guys (including Burt!)are plain Euro- Trash. The head chief, and Burt's head wife (Joan Rice in a lovely performance - she takes the cliché of the innocent island girl and makes a performance out of it with her eyelashes) are the real heroes.

Did I mention the Chinese dentist who knows more about investments than Burt? Or the German philosophy student who can relate to the natives better than Europeans? Filmed on location in Fiji with a cast that seem to be having the time of their lives, HIS MAJESTY O'KEEFE is a very simple, yet completely fun relic of the non-PC days. (P.S. Check out the other scripts by Borden Chase. Some good ones there...)


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