Three convicts enroute to Tahiti are put to work at a children's leper hospital when their plane makes an unexpected stop on another island. There, Father Perreau is to get off and replace Father Doonan, who's been relieved of his duties by the cardinal. Once on the island, things get out of control when the volcano decides to erupt, and the Governor orders an evacuation. The convicts, priests and leper children are all on top of the island and have no sure way to get down and off to safety. All must work together if any are to survive. Written by
In the high adventure tradition of "The Guns of Navarone"!
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Did You Know?
"DVD Verdict" said of this movie, "Spencer Tracy
and Frank Sinatra
were already signed for the two lead roles, but there were problems coming up with a director, apparently because no one was particularly thrilled with the script. Finally, veteran Mervyn LeRoy
was persuaded to take on the task and actually spent some time himself massaging the script into its final form. Filming involved some work on a Hollywood sound stage and the use of miniatures, but most of it took place in Lahaina on the Hawaiian island of Maui." See more
In the scenes in the village during one eruption, the ground splits. The trench into which the loose soil falls to create this effect can be seen even before the dirt disappears. See more
[first title card
"It is hard for a man to be brave when he knows he is going to meet the DEVIL at 4 o'clock"