The undisputed king of Schlagerfilms, Freddy Quinn inherits a cabin on a remote island (and a fortune too, if he can find it). Just before they leave Freddy (Freddy Quinn) buys a good luck bottle from an old sailor and soon he and his pals Hein (Gunnar "Thor" Möler) and Hannes (Ralf Wolter) believe their fortune really has taken a turn for the better. Only the audience is aware of the real reasons behind their incredible good luck. They soon arrive on a "Mutiny on the Bounty" like island where the most is made of the colourful locations in Cinemascope format and the photography is beautiful without being flashy.
Apart from lot of natives dancing, the three sailors do a "Anchors Aweigh" style song and dance number. However they are limited to marching around and a clumsy interpretation of the Can Can. Hannes takes the bottle back to the mainland to woo the woman of his dreams while Freddy relies on his own charm (and singing voice) to serenade a local girl named Mara (who looks pretty European to me). The plot gets more complicated when some crooks show interest in the treasure of the cabin and Hein gets a mysterious illness. At the same time the volcanoes on the island are showing signs of life, so the islanders start jumping off a giant wicker man attached to bungee cord that are a bit too long.
Freddy obviously has to get the good luck bottle back but even his boat is attacked by spearthrowers. In a sequence straight out of Ian Fleming, Freddy dumps petroleum in the river and lights it. These scenes also feature music by Lothar Olias that sounds very similar to John Barry's 007 scores, the first of which was being shot around the same time on another island. Eventually all loose ends are neatly tied up by Freddy and he serenades his love one last time with the song of the South Sea the title refers to. It turns out to be none other than "Alo-Ahe"
7 out of 10
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