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Outcast of the Islands (1951)

Not Rated | | Drama, Adventure | 11 July 1952 (USA)
A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide, and a Captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Joseph Conrad (by), William Fairchild (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Howard ... Willems
Ralph Richardson ... Captain Lingard
Robert Morley ... Almayer
Wendy Hiller ... Mrs. Almayer
Kerima ... Aissa
George Coulouris ... Babalatchi
Tamine Tamine ... Tamine
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Vinck (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Peter Illing ... Alagappan
Betty Ann Davies ... Mrs. Williams
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Hudig
A.V. Bramble A.V. Bramble ... Badavi
Marne Maitland ... Ships Mate
James Kenney ... Ramsey
Annabel Morley Annabel Morley ... Nina Almayer
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Storyline

A man occupies a position of trust with a merchant in an East Asian port. He's sacked when he's caught stealing, but he pretends to commit suicide, and a Captain he befriended agrees to take him to a secret trading post.

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Even her Love was Primitive! UNTAMED! UNASHAMED! MERCILESS! See more »

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Drama | Adventure

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Verdammte der Inseln See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer and Director Carol Reed originally wanted Stewart Granger to star. See more »

Goofs

When Aissa confronts Lingard as he searches for Willems, she meets him with a rock in her right hand. The next shot shows her crouching down with her right hand rubbing her abdomen - the rock has vanished. See more »

Quotes

Captain Tom Lingard: [addressing Willems] You are a bitter thought. Something without a body that must be hidden. You are my shame!
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Indulged too much in the vices
9 October 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When the Marlon Brando version of Mutiny On The Bounty came out one of the scenes I remember is Trevor Howard remonstrating with Brando after finding him getting ready to get down to business with Tarita about controlling his lust. Captain Bligh would have had little use for the character that Howard plays in Outcast Of The Island where his lust truly gets the better of him.

Those tropical islands have always had a certain allure to us westerners, but this movie based on a Joseph Conrad novel clearly demonstrates the problem of having too much of a good thing. Howard's been in the area for years and he's indulged all the readily available vices too much for too long. When he's caught stealing it might be the end for him.

But an old friend trading captain Ralph Richardson takes pity on him and takes him from Singapore to a small island where his son-in-law Robert Morley lives with wife Wendy Hiller and real life daughter Annabel Morley. Richardson deposits him there, not that Morley truly wants him.

It doesn't take long for Howard to start stirring things up and all of his schemes and machinations involve a bad case overwhelming lust for the beautiful Kerima. She certainly is something to lust over. In the end she brings about his total ruination.

The central character among the Occidentals is Howard, but Richardson and Morley aren't any model specimens either. Richardson's main concern is keeping a monopoly of the trade there. The harbor is inaccessible for the most part, but Richardson knows a narrow navigable passageway through the reefs so he monopolizes the trade. And he's pretty ruthless about keeping his monopoly.

As for Morley he's one uptight businessman. The prior relationship between Richardson and Morley is taken up in a previous Conrad novel and sad to say if you haven't read that book, a lot of it will elude the viewer.

Hiller is good, but sadly wasted in a role of a woman trapped in a bad situation. She's got an unrequited yen for Howard, but she's still a faithful wife, just like Jean Arthur in Shane.

Outcast Of The Island is a most atypical South Seas story. Conrad's vision is not fully realized by the film, but the players all do a fine job with what they are given.


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