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Dan works for Pritchard and Pritchard out of San Francisco and is in love with Maisie, referred to as "the icebox" by his news reporter friend. As one of his ships returns to San Francisco, Dan learns that the Captain has contracted Leprosy and asks Dan to be the guardian of his South Sea island daughter Tamea. Dan soon learns that Tamea wants him and will do nothing without a kiss. But Tamea soon learns that she is different than Dan and Maisie and that makes her angry. Dan decides to go and live on the island with Tamea, but soon finds out that Paradise is not everything that he thought it was.Written by
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This was Leslie Howard's third film in Hollywood, and he was also doing A Free Soul (1931) and Five and Ten (1931) at the same time, sometimes working on one film in the morning and another in the afternoon. This led to Howard's dislike of Hollywood, film acting, and the studio system. See more »
A young San Francisco shipping magnate learns that NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET when he falls in love with a passionate South Seas maiden.
Celebrated MGM director W.S. Van Dyke took his love of foreign locales, mixed it with some stock footage of the Pacific Islands and created this obscure little pre-Code film which features fine performances embedded into a somewhat silly plot. There is more than a faint whiff of snobbish racism in the story which may interest modern viewers.
British actor Leslie Howard gets an emotional workout as the man jarringly confronted with his lover's unfamiliar culture; his slow dissipation is convincingly portrayed. Spanish teenager Conchita Montenegro gives an energetic & lively performance as the uninhibited child of nature who entices him to leave his wealth & position behind. Together they make a most interesting movie couple.
Marvelous old Sir C. Aubrey Smith steals his scenes as Howard's concerned father. Lovely Karen Morley plays Howard's emotionally aloof girlfriend; hearty Hale Hamilton is their arch reporter friend. Bearded Mitchell Lewis is most memorable in his one scene as a leprous sea captain; Clyde Cook adds some color as an English derelict on Miss Montenegro's island.
The phonograph which Miss Montenegro plays in her bamboo shack is a recording of 'Pagan Love Song' (by Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed) which became a big hit when sung by Ramon Novarro a couple of years earlier in another film directed by Van Dyke, MGM's THE PAGAN (1929). Freed also composed the melody 'Islands of Love' which is heard throughout NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET.
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