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The Beachcomber (1954)

Mr. Gray is the new Resident in Charge of the Welcome Islands in the Indian Ocean. The Islands are full of life, but the only other Europeans are the "sanctimonious, psalm-singing" ... See full summary »

Director:

Muriel Box

Writers:

Sydney Box (screenplay), W. Somerset Maugham (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glynis Johns ... Martha Jones
Robert Newton ... Edward 'Honorable Ted' Wilson
Donald Sinden ... Ewart Gray
Paul Rogers ... Rev. Owen Jones
Donald Pleasence ... Tromp
Walter Crisham ... Vederala
Michael Hordern ... The Headman
Auric Lorand Auric Lorand ... Alfred - Major Domo
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Ship Captain
Ah Chong Choy Ah Chong Choy ... Wang - the Barkeep
Ronald Lewis ... Headman's Son
Jeanne Roland Jeanne Roland ... Amao (as Jean Rollins)
Lizabeth Rollins Lizabeth Rollins ... Girl at Maputiti
Michael Mellinger ... Medical Orderly
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Storyline

Mr. Gray is the new Resident in Charge of the Welcome Islands in the Indian Ocean. The Islands are full of life, but the only other Europeans are the "sanctimonious, psalm-singing" brother-sister missionary team of Martha and Owen Jordans, and the Honourable Ted - a hard-drinking, womanizing social outcast whose English family pays him to stay away. Martha and Ted become an unlikely team when cholera threatens the islands and they must do their best to stop its spread. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Thundering With New Might and Magnificence! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le vagabond des îles See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

When some characters are pinioned to the ground the green grass behind their heads in close-ups does not match the burned grass of the location shots. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Beachcomber (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan and lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Performed by Martha Jones, Headman and the natives
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Unlikely romance.
18 February 2012 | by MarinalindsaySee all my reviews

Having seen the 1938 Charles Laughton version, with a young and handsome Robert Newton in a minor role, I was intrigued to see the 1954 version. Although Laughton was a great character actor I was unmoved by the quirky 'romance' in the story. However, many years after his brief appearance with Laughton-and several pounds heavier, Newton is endearingly charming as the incorrigible Ted. He pervades warmth through the screen and his eyes are full of mischief-he clearly enjoyed this role (not too far removed from his own lovable but rebellious nature). There is a real chemistry between him and Glynis Johns-all the ladies in fact-and he appears to improvise for comic effect, several times. The minor characters lack charisma but all in all, this is a sweet and up-lifting film with a beautiful location.


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