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Enchanted Island (1958)

Two 19th-century sailors jump ship only to discover their tropical paradise is a cannibal stronghold.


Allan Dwan


James Leicester (screenplay), Herman Melville (novel) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Dana Andrews ... Abner 'Ab' Bedford
Jane Powell ... Fayaway
Don Dubbins ... Tom
Arthur Shields ... James 'Jimmy' Dooley
Ted de Corsia ... Capt. Vangs
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Mehevi (as Friedrich Ledebur)


Two 19th-century sailors jump ship only to discover their tropical paradise is a cannibal stronghold.

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He dared to love a cannibal princess!


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Allan Dwan said in his biography that Jane Powell was not the ideal actress for the role; she just looked like a little girl pretending. See more »


Abner 'Ab' Bedford: Fayaway, lesson.
Fayaway: No lesson. I bring fish.
Abner 'Ab' Bedford: No, please. No more fish. I have a new word for you. Listen. Kiss.
Fayaway: Kiss.
Abner 'Ab' Bedford: Yes, that's right. You're doing just fine. Now, watch this. See here.
[touches Fayaway's lips with his finger then his own lips]
Abner 'Ab' Bedford: Kiss. Like that. See?
Fayaway: No, motaki.
Abner 'Ab' Bedford: Oh, you just don't understand. It's the best thing there is. Your lips. My lips. Together. Like that. See?
Fayaway: This.
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Alternate Versions

Some prints open with the RKO Radio logo, some with the Warner Brothers logo. See more »


Version of Last of the Pagans (1935) See more »


Enchanted Island
Music by Robert Allen
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Boring and badly shot
17 May 2004 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

This odd adventure film, set in the tropics and probably shot in Hawaii, stars the horrendously miscast Dana Andrews as a lawless sailor who falls in love with an island maiden, essayed here by whiter than white Jane Powell in an equally turgid performance. I can't comment on the faithfulness of the adaptation, as I haven't read Melville's novel Typee, but Enchanted Island looks cheap (regardless of the colourful locales), is poorly acted, and is thoroughly dull. Even Jorge Stahl's colour cinematography looks like it was shot on leftover stock or 'ends'. A less than satisfactory late career move by director Allan Dwan, Enchanted Island is only for extremely loyal Andrews completists.

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Release Date:

8 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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