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Return to Paradise (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 10 July 1953 (USA)
An American drifter comes to a remote Polynesian island controlled by a Puritanical missionary and turns the social life of the island upside-down.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

James A. Michener (adapted from the story by), Charles Kaufman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Mr. Morgan
Barry Jones ... Pastor Corbett
Roberta Haynes ... Maeva
Moira Walker Moira Walker ... Turia (as Moira MacDonald)
John Hudson ... Captain Harry Faber
Mamea Matatumua Mamea Matatumua ... Tonga (as Chief Mamea Matatumua)
Hans Kruse Hans Kruse ... Rori at age 21
Terry Dunleavy Terry Dunleavy ... Mac
Howard Paulsen Howard Paulsen ... Russ
Donald Ashford Donald Ashford ... Cutler
Herbert Ah Sue Herbert Ah Sue ... Kura
Va'a Va'a ... Rori at age 9 (as Felice Va'a)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frances Gow Frances Gow ... Mrs. Talbot (scenes deleted)
Brian McEwen Brian McEwen ... Hank Elliott (scenes deleted)
Web Overlander Web Overlander ... Will Talbot (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Based on the short story "Mr. Morgan" from "Return To Paradise" (James Michener's sequel to "Tales of the South Pacific"). Morgan (Gary Cooper), a drifter and soldier-of-fortune washes up on a Pacific island that is a small dictatorial state under the puritanic rule of Pastor Corbett (Barry Jones), a missionary. They conflict but Morgan stays on and carves out a cozy life. He has a child out of wedlock with island native Maeva (Roberta Haynes), but departs the island after her death, leaving the young daughter behind. He returns years later in search of his daughter. It is circa the early years of WW II, and he finds that his daughter has fallen in love with an American pilot who has crash-landed on the island. It appears that the pilot will do for the girl what Morgan did for her mother, and then depart. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They called him Morgantani and to some he was a god ... but to one woman, Mister Morgan was a Man ! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso al Paraiso See more »

Filming Locations:

Matautu, Samoa See more »

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Budget:

$515,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Aspen Productions (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Aspen Pictures, owned by Mark Robson and Robert Wise, bought two stories from James A. Michener's anthology "Return to Paradise." After Robson filmed this movie, based on Michener's story "Mr. Morgan," they ran out of funding and had to sell the rights to the other story, "Until They Sail", to Burt Lancaster. Some years later it ended up with Charles Schnee at MGM. By then Wise was at MGM and requested to film the property, which he finally did in 1957 (Until They Sail (1957)). See more »

Quotes

Captain Harry Faber: Well, confidentially I'm just a truck driver with wings and a colossal ignorance of strategy.
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Connections

Referenced in Getaway: Episode #15.34 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Return To Paradise
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Performed by Kitty White
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16 August 2019 | by duerden60See all my reviews

This is not a review about the film, (which is amiable enough but we have all seen better) but a complaint. Yet look at the storyline regarding this movie written by Les Adams, completely ruins the film which we don't need to watch as he has told us the complete 'plot.' This happens far too often in my view, okay don't read the storyline, if so what is the point of putting it therea And as I finish this rant, there is a question, does this review contain spoilers


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