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The Beachcomber (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 August 1954 (UK)
Mr. Gray is the new Resident in Charge of the Welcome Islands in the Indian Ocean. The Islands are full of life, but the only other Europeans are the "sanctimonious, psalm-singing" ... See full summary »

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Martha Jones
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Edward 'Honorable Ted' Wilson
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Ewart Gray
Paul Rogers ...
Rev. Owen Jones
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Tromp
Walter Crisham ...
Vederala
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The Headman
Auric Lorand ...
Alfred - Major Domo
Tony Quinn ...
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Ah Chong Choy ...
Wang - the Barkeep
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Headman's Son
Jeanne Roland ...
Amao (as Jean Rollins)
Lizabeth Rollins ...
Girl at Maputiti
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Medical Orderly
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Mr. Gray is the new Resident in Charge of the Welcome Islands in the Indian Ocean. The Islands are full of life, but the only other Europeans are the "sanctimonious, psalm-singing" brother-sister missionary team of Martha and Owen Jordans, and the Honourable Ted - a hard-drinking, womanizing social outcast whose English family pays him to stay away. Martha and Ted become an unlikely team when cholera threatens the islands and they must do their best to stop its spread. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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10 August 1954 (UK)  »

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Le vagabond des îles  »

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1.66 : 1
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Robert Newton reportedly abstained from drinking for much of the filming on the advice of doctors. His relapse, and subsequently improved performance, are vividly described in Donald Sinden's autobiography 'A Touch of the Memoirs' (1982). See more »

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When some characters are pinioned to the ground the green grass behind their heads in close-ups does not match the burned grass of the location shots. See more »

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Remake of The Beachcomber (1938) See more »

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Onward Christian Soldiers
Music by Arthur Sullivan and lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Performed by Martha Jones, Headman and the natives
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Boozing Romeo meets psalm-singing Juliet
25 October 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

"Anyone who drinks water deserves all they get," says drunkard Ted as he travels to cholera-plagued islands with missionary/nurse Martha.

This is not dazzling film-making, but it is well-done and engaging, with a solid Maugham story, a marvelous turn by Donald Pleasance in his first role (as a perpetually smiling Indonesian clerk), and three notable stars:

Glynis Johns is a delight to watch, and she brings a lot of heart, soul, and spirit to Martha, a woman so inexperienced that she keeps her eyes wide open when a man kisses her for the first time.

Entering with a torn hat, filthy jacket over filthy undershirt, and five o'clock shadow, Robert Newton establishes himself immediately as an irresistible reprobate. Introducing himself to the new colonial kingpin, he scrounges a whiskey, announces that he's been banished from England, and says it's not so bad on Barru island: "There are ways of passing the time. Are you married? (answer no) Well, any time you feel like a little bit of fun, just let me know."

The third star, truly, is the locations in Sri Lanka and the colonial British islands of the South Atlantic. Not just gorgeous—fearfully gorgeous. There is a remarkable scene of an alligator attacking an elephant as it drinks. Hell of a fight, splashing, bellowing. The alligator wounds its trunk, but the elephant soon tramples the reptile, and then-- and this is wonderful—kicks its attacker ashore, and then, instead of just walking away, it kicks the corpse back into the water. That final kick, which is clearly unnecessary, seems almost punitive. And thrillingly deliberate. That elephant is a genuine character in the film-- not a big role, but a crucial one because of the ending, which reminds us that an elephant never forgets.


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