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High Barbaree (1947)

Van Johnson is a navy pilot in WWII, who has been shot down in the Pacific on a bombing mission. He and a wounded comrade are the only survivors of the mission and are lost at sea. As they ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Van Johnson ... Alec Brooke
June Allyson ... Nancy Frazer
Thomas Mitchell ... Capt. Thad Vail
Marilyn Maxwell ... Diana Case
Cameron Mitchell ... Lt. Joe Moore
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Alec (Age 14)
Henry Hull ... Dr. William G. Brooke
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Martha Brooke
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Della Parkson
Paul Harvey ... John Case
Charles Evans ... Colonel Taylor


Van Johnson is a navy pilot in WWII, who has been shot down in the Pacific on a bombing mission. He and a wounded comrade are the only survivors of the mission and are lost at sea. As they await rescue, Van Johnson recants his life's story and romance with girlfriend, June Allyson. It's a wonderful wholesome movie that the whole family will enjoy. Written by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, the authors of Mutiny on the Bounty. Written by AlenaDavies<AbundantDay@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

1 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla encantada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its USA television premiere Saturday 13 October 1956 when it inaugurated the television presentation of the 700+ title MGM film library on WFIL (Channel 6) in Philadelphia; it was next telecast in Los Angeles Friday 26 October 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11) , in Altoona PA Saturday 17 November 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10, in Seattle 2 December 1956 on KING (Channel 5), in New York City Saturday 29 December 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Chicago Saturday 16 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); in Minneapolis it first aired 2 October 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) and in San Francisco 2 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


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The Pacific Shangri-La
3 November 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Van Johnson plays a downed flier in the Pacific War, the only survivor with his co-pilot Cameron Mitchell in a plane they've managed to make seaworthy and float. As a lad he was told some tall tales of a legendary island like Shangri-La in the Pacific called High Barbaree. He and that teller of tall tales Johnson's uncle Thomas Mitchell actually plotted where the island should be and low and behold Johnson and Cameron Mitchell are down in the Pacific right where this mythical island is supposed to be.

In reading some of the books on western voyages of discovery a number of mapmakers in the 15th. 16th, and 17th centuries made mention of a mythical island called Hy-Brasil. You'll find it on many charts of the period. How the legend started who knows, but it was real to a lot of people just as High Barbaree is here.

On that voyage Johnson tells Cameron Mitchell all about his life in flashbacks, about High Barbaree and about his life and choice of career. The women aren't left out as he has two women interested in him, girl next door June Allyson and rich girl Marilyn Maxwell.

High Barbaree is a nice film about the hopes and dreams of one young man who went to war. Does Van Johnson find High Barbaree? For that you watch the film for.

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