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Liam O'Brien (screenplay)
Max Catto (novel)
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Release Date:
18 October 1961 (USA) See more »
A crusty, eccentric priest recruits three reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Starsky And Hutch Star Hamilton Dies
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Spencer Tracy ... Father Matthew Doonan

Frank Sinatra ... Harry

Kerwin Mathews ... Father Joseph Perreau

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Jacques (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
Grégoire Aslan ... Marcel (as Gregoire Aslan)
Alexander Scourby ... The Governor

BarBara Luna ... Camille (as Barbara Luna)
Cathy Lewis ... Matron
Bernie Hamilton ... Charlie
Martin Brandt ... Doctor Wexler
Louis Merrill ... Aristide Giraud

Marcel Dalio ... Gaston
Tom Middleton ... Paul, Co-pilot
Ann Duggan ... Clarisse
Louis Mercier ... Corporal
Michele Montau ... Margot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Borden ... Citizen (uncredited)
Earl D'Eon ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Louis (uncredited)
Max Dommar ... Grellou (uncredited)
Janine Grandel ... French Woman (uncredited)
Moki Hana ... Sonia (uncredited)
Warren Hsieh ... Napoleon (uncredited)
William Keaulani ... Constable (uncredited)
Guy Lee ... Tavi (uncredited)
Robert M. Luck ... Captain Olsen (uncredited)
Ma Ma Loa ... Dancer (uncredited)
Michael Mancuso ... Hawaiian Boy (uncredited)
Tony Maxwell ... Antoine (uncredited)
Pearl Rose ... Hawaiian Girl (uncredited)
Robin Shimatsu ... Marianne (uncredited)
Nanette Tanaka ... Fleur (uncredited)
Norman Wright ... Fouquette (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy  (as Mervyn Le Roy)
Writing credits
Liam O'Brien (screenplay)

Max Catto (novel)

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
Mervyn LeRoy .... producer (as The Mervyn Le Roy-Fred Kohlmar Production of)
Original Music by
George Duning 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
Production Design by
John Beckman (uncredited)
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (as Carter DeHaven Jr.)
Floyd Joyer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor (as Charles J.Rice)
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects (uncredited)
Willis Cook .... special effects (uncredited)
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Milton Feldman .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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126 min
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2006) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19964, original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (DVD)

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"Digitally Obsessed" said of this picture, "Even though they both began their careers at the movie studio that boasted the claim of "more stars than there are in the heavens" [MGM], it took nearly 20 years and a rival company [Columbia Pictures] to bring Frank Sinatra and Spencer Tracy together for their first and only collaboration."See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When one of the convicts has fallen in the mud pit,a bald headed man in dark clothing(crew member) can be seen behind the fauna to the right,pulling him with a rope further from rescue from Frank Sinatra's character.See more »
Father Joseph Perreau:God go with you.
Harry:God? Who is he?
Charlie:I've never heard of him.
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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Worth the time, 26 July 2004
Author: Ripshin from North Carolina

Turner Classic Movies is my favorite cable channel. I have worked in the production industry for twenty years, and have picked up a few film degrees. TCM is a goldmine. I was not familiar with this film, and am pleasantly surprised. Yes, it is a precursor to the 70s disaster films, in a way, but still a worthy film for Tracy and Sinatra.

Today, the film would be saddled with an obligatory happy ending, so the realism, per se, of this script is welcomed. The heroism is earned, not dictated.

All in all, worth the two hours. And since IMDb now requires ten lines in order for a comment to post, I will continue typing. If ONLY most "posters" could LIMIT themselves to ten lines.

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