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Johnny Lingo (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama , Family , Short
Johnny Lingo, one of the sharpest traders in the south pacific islands decides to bargain for a wife, and offers a record price of eight cows for Mahana, a plain girl who shuns contact. ... See full summary »


Judge Whitaker (as Wetzel O. Whitaker)


Patricia McGerr (story), Claire Whitaker (screenplay) (as Orma W. Wallengren)


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Cast overview:
Makee K. Blaisdell ... Johnny Lingo (as Blaizdel MaKee)
Naomi Kahoilua Naomi Kahoilua ... Mahana
Francis L. Urry Francis L. Urry ... Trader Harris
Joseph R. TeNgaio Joseph R. TeNgaio ... Moki's Counselor
Joseph W. Ah Quin Joseph W. Ah Quin ... Moki
Malofou Maumasi Malofou Maumasi ... Tulo
Kent Fonoimoana Kent Fonoimoana


Johnny Lingo, one of the sharpest traders in the south pacific islands decides to bargain for a wife, and offers a record price of eight cows for Mahana, a plain girl who shuns contact. This causes quite a sensation on the island. A year later Johnny and his wife return for the first time since the marriage, and all find that something miraculous has occurred to Mahana. Johnny explains that by paying eight cows he proved that she was worth more to him than any other woman on the island. He gave her a great gift, that of self-worth. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Drama | Family | Short


Not Rated

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Filming Locations:

Laie, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the first big day of shooting, the crew arose to find the sky had a peculiar orange cast. This caused concern because some of the major action of the film was about to be shot, and the effect of the orangish sky on the color balance of the picture was unknown. The crew was informed that a volcanic eruption had just started on The Big Island. Smoke and ash from the eruption of Kilauea in October, 1969 drifted over to the island of Oahu (which is not typical of such eruptions). Big, black clouds of soot filled the sky for a couple of days, with ash even landing at the filming location. Production ceased, with the film company waiting for the skies to clear. When filming resumed, tighter shots were used to exclude as much of the sky as possible. Production was then delayed by rain which came as a fine mist. The valley where the principal action (in the village) was to be shot turned out to be located just below a mountain where the heaviest rainfall on the island occurred. The production was on a tight schedule so filming continued in the rain, which was accompanied with a washed-out sky. Once again shots were framed to avoid showing the sky. Fortunately the drizzle-like rain did not show up on film, and shots with it matched those filmed when it was not raining. The color balance turned out to be acceptable as well, in spite of the unusually colored skies. However, the use of the lovely vistas in the background had been partially limited by the problems associated with atmospheric conditions. See more »


Moki's Counselor: [attempting to get Mahana out of a tree] Mahana, you are a very fortunate girl, all the other girls in the village envy you.
Mahana: They mock me.
Moki's Counselor: They would change places with you, every one of them. Look, be a good girl and come down for the bargaining.
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Referenced in One Good Man (2009) See more »

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16 June 2003 | by TSHunterSee all my reviews

This movie was made and distributed by the Mormon Church. But, unlike most films that fall into the above category, this movie is not about religion, missionary work, joining any church, etc. and so forth. This short film could have quite possibly been made by anyone. That is what makes it so good. It is a story about a trader coming to one of the small islands of the world to get himself a wife. The island is so small, there is only room enough for one village. There are none of the modern conveniences of the rest of the world, and everything is either built by the villagers or acquired by traders who visit the island by boat and trade for their handmade goods. In this village, it is custom to bargain and pay the father of the bride in dairy cows. This may sound like a serious film, but it really is rather quite funny and has some real classic lines to it that I'm sure will endear you to the film. The story is simple yet original and the flow and pacing for the film is perfect. If you can pick it up, it would be worth the effort.

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