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
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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
Think what it must mean to a woman, her future husband meeting with her father to discuss the lowest price for which she can be bought. And later, when the women of the village gather, they boast of what their husbands paid for them - three cows, or five. How does she feel, the woman who was sold for one, or two? This could not happen to my Mahana.
Johnny, I've misjudged you. I thought you were thinking only of how important you would look to your friends, paying 8 cows for a wife. I didn't ...