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?
In his autobiography "Sun and Shadow", Jean-Pierre Aumont
, who played Jacques, spoke of scheduling conflicts between Spencer Tracy
and Frank Sinatra
: "[Tracy], a genial man who was not well at the time, couldn't work past the morning. The problem was that Sinatra would only work in the afternoon. In the morning he hired a private plane and hopped from island to island trying to convince the startled inhabitants to vote for [John F. Kennedy
] in the next presidential election. Around two o'clock he returned, exhausted, at the precise moment when Tracy was retiring for the day to his rooms. How, in these conditions, the scenes between Tracy and Sinatra were shot is a mystery to me." See more
After the island explodes, the sea is perfectly calm. A huge eruption like that would have produced a huge tsunami. See more
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"It is hard for a man to be brave when he knows he is going to meet the DEVIL at 4 o'clock"