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Donovan's Reef (1963)

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'Guns' Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and 'Boats' Gilhooley, until Dedham's high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise.

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Ameilia Dedham
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Dr. William Dedham
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Marquis Andre de Lage
Dick Foran ...
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Miss Lafleur
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Father Cluzeot
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Sgt. Monk Menkowicz
Jacqueline Malouf ...
Lelani Dedham
Cherylene Lee ...
Sarah 'Sally' Dedham
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Luki Dedham (as Tim Stafford)
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Boston Attorney Francis X. O'Brien
Jon Fong ...
Mister Eu
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'Guns' Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and 'Boats' Gilhooley, until Dedham's high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Wild, Wayne and Wonderful!


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Release Date:

12 June 1963 (USA)  »

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$2,686,585 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

Actor Mickey Simpson is sometimes mistakenly credited as the mate hit with a mop by Lee Marvin in the opening scene. It is not Simpson but Duke Green. See more »

Goofs

When Donovan take the kids and Amelilia up the mountain to cut down an "island Christmas tree" they cut down a very pretty and bright green tree and put it in the back of the jeep. When they arrive back in town and pull up in front of Donovan's bar, the tree looks dead and shriveled. See more »

Quotes

Miss Lafleur: [while being pushed off by Gilhooley] Oh, you've come back to marry me.
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: Oh, now look LaFleur, you're the love of my life. You're the only dame that meant anything to me, but I already told you I'd make a -
[takes a big gulp of beer]
Miss Lafleur: I know.
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: I got a wife in Hoboken.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: ...and San Pedro, and San Diego and Norfolk, Virginia.
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: That's right. You wouldn't want me to go up on a bigamy charge, would you?
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Referenced in Family Guy: Friends of Peter G. (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
(uncredited)
Music by Christina McPherson
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Sung by the Australian sailors
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Better than Average John Wayne
6 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some people thought that John Ford was crazy to do such a picture with John Wayne. Where is the action? This movie is a departure for Ford and Wayne collaborations in that it plays more like a 30s screwball comedy in a scenic location that the typical Ford/Wayne picture that you've seen before (Rio Grande, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon etc). All the actors do good jobs and the script, like a 30s screwball comedy, is not likely to happen in real life but fun to watch. The movie was filmed in Hawaii and the scenery is gorgeous. The interplay between Wayne and Co-Star Elizabeth Allen ("Amelia") is reminiscent of Wayne and Maureen O'hara. Allen compares favorably to O'Hara in that she plays the strong woman who is not overshadowed by Waynes "Guns Donovan". I enjoyed Caesar Romero, who played the Governor of the island and is looking to court Amelia only after he checks her wealth in Dun and Bradstreet. Pay particular attention to Lee Marvin's "Boats Gilhooley", grab a beer, and sit back and enjoy.


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