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10 August 1954 (UK) See more »
The world's most famous South Sea Adventure See more »
Mr. Gray is the new Resident in Charge of the Welcome Islands in the Indian Ocean. The Islands are full of life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Glynis Johns ... Martha Jones

Robert Newton ... Edward 'Honorable Ted' Wilson

Donald Sinden ... Ewart Gray
Paul Rogers ... Rev. Owen Jones

Donald Pleasence ... Tromp
Walter Crisham ... Vederala

Michael Hordern ... The Headman
Auric Lorand ... Alfred - Major Domo
Tony Quinn ... Ship Captain
Ah Chong Choy ... Wang - the Barkeep

Ronald Lewis ... Headman's Son
Jeanne Roland ... Amao (as Jean Rollins)
Lizabeth Rollins ... Girl at Maputiti

Michael Mellinger ... Medical Orderly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ronald Adam ... Sir Henry Johnstone (uncredited)

Rosita Garcia ... (uncredited)
Andy Ho ... Dispenser (uncredited)

Directed by
Muriel Box 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sydney Box 
W. Somerset Maugham  story

Produced by
Sydney Box .... producer
William MacQuitty .... producer
Earl St. John .... executive producer
Original Music by
Francis Chagrin 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Wyer  (as Reginald Wyer)
Film Editing by
Jean Barker 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
Art Direction by
George Provis 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Sinclair (dresses)
Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist
Biddy Chrystal .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Hugh Attwooll .... production manager (as H.R. Attwooll)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollock .... assistant director
Bert Batt .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Colin M. Brewer .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Charles Bishop .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Robert Cartwright .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Lionel Couch .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser (uncredited)
Bert Gaiters .... property master (uncredited)
Bert Jempson .... construction manager (uncredited)
Ken Softley .... supervising carpenter (uncredited)
Tony Woollard .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Graeme Hamilton .... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound mixer
C.C. Stevens .... sound
Maurice Askew .... sound (uncredited)
Bill Daniels .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
John Salter .... boom operator (uncredited)
Kevin Sutton .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Atcheler .... camera operator
Peter Allwork .... camera assistant: Technicolor (uncredited)
Harry Gillard .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cornel Lucas .... still photographer (uncredited)
David Motture .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Kenneth J. Withers .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor: women (uncredited)
Frede Gibson .... assistant wardrobe: women (uncredited)
John Hilling .... assistant wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Bob Rayner .... wardrobe supervisor: men (uncredited)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Ted Drake .... music recordist (uncredited)
Other crew
Arthur Alcott .... production controller
Joan Bridge .... technicolor colour consultant
Tilly Day .... continuity
Teresa Bolland .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ken Green .... publicity manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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USA:82 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Robert Newton had previously played the Donald Sinden role in the 1938 version.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Beachcomber (1938)See more »
I Do Like to be Beside the SeasideSee more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Newton and Glynis Johns, 12 December 2000
Author: artzau from Sacramento, CA

Ah, unlikely romance. The perky Glynis Johns plays the sister of a rather sanctimonious missionary in the islands while the Honourable Ted, Newton, is the beachcomber. He gets drunk and destructive and is sent off to a penal island and teams up with Glynis Johns to fight a cholera outbreak. Romance blooms and the perky albeit up-tight missionary links up with the good-hearted beachcomber with a great happy ending. The team of cute, pert and perky Glynis Johns (memorable from her roles in No Highway in the Sky, The Sundowners and others) and Newton (Long John Silver), the compleat epitome of piratedom is great. Sadly, no video available but catch it as I did, on the late show. You won't regret it.

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