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Johnny Lingo (1969)

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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. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Makee K. Blaisdell ...
Johnny Lingo (as Blaizdel MaKee)
Naomi Kahoilua ...
Francis L. Urry ...
Trader Harris
Joseph R. TeNgaio ...
Moki's Counselor
Joseph W. Ah Quin ...
Malofou Maumasi ...
Kent Fonoimoana


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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At first the production was planned for distribution by the LDS Church "Deseret Sunday School Union[us]" after a general board member read the story in "Woman's Day" magazine and saw potential for a good film. However, because of the cost involved with the decision to transport equipment and a crew to Hawaii, it was found that neither the Sunday School nor the BYU film department's educational fund had the necessary amount necessary to wholly finance the project. The Sunday School gave permission for the film to also be released as a regular school educational film following their initial use of it. This allowed $15,000 from the BYU educational fund to be used as a supplement to the Sunday School budget. This decision not only allowed the film to be made, but also brought in considerable profit to BYU as the film became one of the studio's best selling shorts in the educational market, not only being used in colleges and schools but also by some corporations using it to motivate employees. See more »


[At Johnny's hut]
Trader Harris: Johnny, I can't get over it, she's beautiful .
Johnny Lingo: I have loved her ever since we were children, she was always beautiful. But tell me, do you think 8 cows was too high a price for her ?
Trader Harris: Oh, no.
[looking at Mahana in the distance]
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Referenced in The Singles Ward (2002) See more »

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How to apply the golden rule in personal relationships
11 January 2004 | by (Simi Valley, Ca) – See all my reviews

Beyond the tremendous and true romantic love Johnny Lingo proves for his dear Mahana, he gives a tremendous object lesson in how to properly treat others, and bring out the very best in them. If all husbands would treat their wives the way Johnny treated Mahana, there could be no evil in the world.

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