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Return to Paradise (1953)

 -  Drama  -  10 July 1953 (USA)
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An American drifter comes to a remote Polynesian island controlled by a Puritanical missionary and turns the social life of the island upside-down.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mr. Morgan
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Pastor Corbett
Roberta Haynes ...
Maeva
Moira Walker ...
Turia (as Moira MacDonald)
John Hudson ...
Captain Harry Faber
Mamea Matatumua ...
Tonga (as Chief Mamea Matatumua)
Hans Kruse ...
Rori at age 21
Terry Dunleavy ...
Mac
Howard Paulsen ...
Russ
Donald Ashford ...
Cutler
Herbert Ah Sue ...
Kura
Va'a ...
Rori at age 9 (as Felice Va'a)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frances Gow ...
Mrs. Talbot (scenes deleted)
Brian McEwen ...
Hank Elliott (scenes deleted)
Web Overlander ...
Will Talbot (scenes deleted)
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Based on the short story "Mr. Morgan" from "Return To Paradise" (James Michener's sequel to "Tales of the South Pacific"). Morgan (Gary Cooper), a drifter and soldier-of-fortune washes up on a Pacific island that is a small dictatorial state under the puritanic rule of Pastor Corbett (Barry Jones), a missionary. They conflict but Morgan stays on and carves out a cozy life. He has a child out of wedlock with island native Maeva (Roberta Haynes), but departs the island after her death, leaving the young daughter behind. He returns years later in search of his daughter. It is circa the early years of WW II, and he finds that his daughter has fallen in love with an American pilot who has crash-landed on the island. It appears that the pilot will do for the girl what Morgan did for her mother, and then depart. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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10 July 1953 (USA)  »

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Retour au paradis  »

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Trivia

The 50th birthday of the shooting of the film was celebrated on Upolu Island on November 5 2003. Roberta Haynes, Donald Ashford, Terry Dunleary, Moira MacDonald and local cast members were present. See more »

Quotes

Pastor Corbett: [to Maeva] You know it is a sin to stay out past nine o'clock!
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Return To Paradise
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Performed by Kitty White
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Is Cooper doomed to re-live the past?
3 October 2003 | by (Minneapolis, MN, USA) – See all my reviews

From the first day he was 'deposited' on the tiny South Pacific island, all Cooper was looking for a little peace and quiet. What he got was a bible thumper with a bad attitude, who meant well, but his priorities were a little screwed up. When Cooper hits the island, the "preacher" does everything in his power to let Cooper know he's not welcome. The narrator in the beginning lets us know right away that something is not right with the island natives, but they don't know if they can do anything about it.

After the girl he falls in love with is jailed, Cooper fights to break her out and eventually ends up leading the natives in a revolt. He settles down to a life on the island, but the sea calls to him whenever someone seems to get too close to him. And the man who is his worst enemy turns to him for help when the going gets tough.

As a movie watcher, this is not my "cup of tea." But my significant other recorded it the other night off one of the classic channels and I had nothing better to do, so I started watching it. Next thing I knew, it was after midnight and the movie was ending. As I said, I never really get into the older movies, but I did find this one rather enjoyable and I will be watching for more of Gary Cooper in the future.


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