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Johnny Lingo (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Short
Johnny Lingo, one of the sharpest traders in the south pacific islands decides to bargain for a wife, and offers a record price of eight cows for Mahana, a plain girl who shuns contact. ... See full summary »

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(as Wetzel O. Whitaker)

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(story), (screenplay) (as Orma W. Wallengren)
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Makee K. Blaisdell ...
Johnny Lingo (as Blaizdel MaKee)
Naomi Kahoilua ...
Mahana
Francis L. Urry ...
Trader Harris
Joseph R. TeNgaio ...
Moki's Counselor
Joseph W. Ah Quin ...
Moki
Malofou Maumasi ...
Tulo
Kent Fonoimoana
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Johnny Lingo, one of the sharpest traders in the south pacific islands decides to bargain for a wife, and offers a record price of eight cows for Mahana, a plain girl who shuns contact. This causes quite a sensation on the island. A year later Johnny and his wife return for the first time since the marriage, and all find that something miraculous has occurred to Mahana. Johnny explains that by paying eight cows he proved that she was worth more to him than any other woman on the island. He gave her a great gift, that of self-worth. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Drama | Family | Short

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Not Rated

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A heavy duty generator was rented from the company producing the TV series Hawaii Five-O (1968) and an offer to provide the use of any other equipment that might be needed was made. However, they said not to ask for any help with casting, since they were having difficulty in casting their own productions. See more »

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[Mr. Harris hands Tulo the mirror that Johnny has ordered as a gift for Mahana]
Trader Harris: How do you like that Tulo .
Tulo: Ah, it is beautiful, Mahana's face will crack the glass.
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Referenced in In the Service of God (2003) See more »

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So bad that it is brilliant
27 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Of course the story of Johnny Lingo is one of the classics for Mormon children; the message it conveys is true and probably much more important today than it was at the time it was made. What makes it really watchable though, are the performances. Not their quality, but on the contrary, the lack thereof. The acting is so stiff and inept that You will laugh tears. I don't think, that Johnny Lingo was intented as funny as it comes out, but it is always worth watching. Beside trying to convey the message, that beauty is relative, inner beauty is that counts and that every one needs someone to believe in him to reach his full potential, there is no reference to the Mormon church or Mormon beliefs at all.


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