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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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The cows that are very integral to the film's plot were loaned by The Animal Husbandry Department of The Church College of Hawaii (later BYU Hawaii) and delivered to the principal filming location. A trail was hacked to keep the cows moving in a line and the camera camouflaged. However, the cows took off in all directions and refused to cooperate. Filming had to be moved to a spot west of the college, where the cows were accustomed to coming down a path every night to be milked. Fortunately the new location was very similar, and with the cows following their usual routine, the essential shot was soon "in the can". See more »

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Trader Harris: I see. In her father's hut, Mahana believed she was worth nothing.
[last lines]
Johnny Lingo: Yes, and now she knows she is worth more than any other woman on the island.
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Referenced in The Singles Ward (2002) 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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