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South of Pago Pago (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 19 July 1940 (USA)
A TREASURE HUNT ADVENTURE !

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writer:

George Bruce (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor McLaglen ... Bucko Larson
Jon Hall ... Kehane
Frances Farmer ... Ruby Taylor
Olympe Bradna ... Malia
Gene Lockhart ... Lindsay
Douglass Dumbrille ... Williams
Francis Ford ... Foster
Ben Welden ... Grimes
Abner Biberman ... Manuel Ferro
Pedro de Cordoba ... Chief
Rudy Robles ... Luna
Bobby Stone Bobby Stone ... Hono (as Robert Stone)
Nellie Duran Nellie Duran ... Laulau
James Flavin ... Cafe Customer
Nina Campana Nina Campana ... Hono's Mother (as Nina Compana)
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In the 1890s, white-skinned Ruby Taylor (Frances Farmer) makes a strange journey from Singapore to Pago Pago and meets Kehane (Jon Hall). son of the chieftain (Pedro de Cordoba) of the island natives who have lived for centuries knowing no thought of greed or evil...But Ruby's companions have their own plan for the future of Kehane and his brothers. Driven by greed, Brutal Captain Bucko Larsen (Victor McLasglen) is systematically crippling the young men of the tribe by making them dive deep into treacherous waters for the pearls he brings to Ruby in an attempt to buy her love. Roused by Larsen's ruthlessness, the young men of Kehane's tribe rebel against his domineering cruelty. A vicious battle ensues, in which the crude weapons of the natives are pitted against the firearms of the white men. The battle rages on to a violent culmination when Kehena turns the white men's weapons against them. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al sur de Pago Pago See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alfred Green replaced Tay Garnett as director. See more »

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Referenced in Dad's Army (2016) See more »

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South of Pago Pago
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
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Watch "The Hurricane" Instead
31 October 2014 | by psych-shawnSee all my reviews

This movie was an attempt to imitate the success of "The Hurricane" which was made three years earlier also starring Jon Hall as a Tarzan- like South Pacific Islander. Unfortunately, South of Pago Pago was NOT directed by John Ford and it showed.

The script is very predictable, the characters are one-dimensional and the acting varies from wooden to hammy. Whereas "The Hurricane" was able to develop a real insight into the soul of the islanders and their way of life, "South of Pago Pago" portrays them too simplistically to ever really identify with.

Please watch "The Hurricane" instead.


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