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'Generous' Josh belittles the sailing abilities of his friend Terry O'Brien, and Terry counters by betting Josh $20,000 that, using an all-female crew, he can beat him in a race to Tahiti. Terry's crew consists of novice sailors - a murderess, a cocktail waitress, and two other women who go along for the ride - while Josh has an experienced crew. Josh bribes one of his women to sabotage Terry's boat, and despite numerous delays owing to an island jailbreak, a mutiny, a night spent overboard, and a romantic intrigue, Terry manages to close the gap between the rival sailing vessels; but Josh still finishes first. Josh's sabotage plan backfires, and he is forced to confess to his underhanded tactics, although he insists that he is the better sailor. Terry challenges Josh to a rematch, this time using a crew of baboons, Josh accepts, unaware that the "baboons" Terry intends to use are a Polynesian singing group composed of expert sailors. Written by
Incredibly bad by most standards, I Sailed to Tahiti With An All-Girl Crew is enormously enjoyable if you're in the right retro mood. The film was probably the main factor in Gardner McKay abandoning his acting career and turning to writing. He certainly lets his hair down in this one - especially when he fantasizes about being a pirate a la Captain Blood. I also like when McKay corrects one of his crew members who calls him "skippy" by insisting "It's skipper - SKIPPER!" Apart from a bevy of gorgeous women playing the All-Girl Crew, McKay looks terrific in his mid-thirties, which for many viewers is reason enough for seeing this film.
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