James Mason and John Mills star in this comedy-drama about a tough colonel and a refined captain who clashed during the war, and continue their personal battle in peace-time Tahiti.


(as William T. Kotcheff)


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Cast overview:
Capt. Brett Aimsley
Lt. Col. Clifford Southey
Henri Farengue
Chong Sing
Belle Annie
Jacques Marin ...
Libby Morris ...
Adele Franklin
Madge Ryan ...
Millie Brooks
Lt. David Harper
Capt. Enderby


James Mason and John Mills star in this comedy-drama about a tough colonel and a refined captain who clashed during the war, and continue their personal battle in peace-time Tahiti.

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Don't do anything I wouldn't ..... which leaves you to do anything at all !


Drama | Comedy


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Release Date:

31 July 1962 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

En synder på Tahiti  »

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1.66 : 1
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Henri Farengue: Oh by the way madame, while you're here you simply must go and see the leper colony.
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Those old feelings of inferiority
2 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Tiara Tahiti is a strange film and not one I think that should be something that James Mason and John Mills should be noted for. Their one film collaboration should have been something better.

Of course pictorially the film is fine. The South Seas in color cinematography is impossible to do badly.

Mason comes off far better. He's from the upper classes and at one time Mills clerked for his father. But when they got in the army the positions were reversed. Mills has risen to be a colonel and he's quite the little martinet. But when Mason comes into his command those old feelings of inferiority take over. When he gets a chance he rats Mason out during the post war occupation years as someone doing a bit of smuggling. Which gets Mason cashiered from the army and a disgrace to his family.

So here he is on Tahiti living the good life and here comes John Mills now a big hotel tycoon, but still with the same feelings about Mason. What happens next is quite frankly not to be believed on any level.

In many ways the character that John Mills is playing is a variant from one of his greatest films Tunes Of Glory. He's the same kind of uptight character in Tiara Tahiti. But works in a tragedy really does not go well in this comedy.

In fact there's jealousy all around as Herbert Lom all made up as an Oriental is also quite jealous of Mason's upper class breeding even though he's two steps above a beachcomber. Tables get turned on him as well.

Tiara Tahiti is a beautiful, but quirky film that never quite gels.

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