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The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 1 May 1942 (USA)
After a long absense from the island, Chester Tuttle returns to Tahiti to find that little has changed. His large family, particularly his scheming Uncle Jonas, would rather dance and ... See full summary »

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Charles Vidor

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Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) (as S. Lewis Meltzer), Robert Carson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Laughton ... Jonas
Jon Hall ... Chester
Peggy Drake ... Tamara
Victor Francen ... Dr. Blondin
Gene Reynolds ... Ru
Florence Bates ... Emily
Curt Bois ... Jensen
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Mama Ruau (as Adeline de Walt Reynolds)
Mala ... Nat
Leonard Sues Leonard Sues ... Fana
Jody Gilbert ... Effie
Tommy Cook ... Riki
Jack Carr Jack Carr ... Rapoti
Jimmy Ames Jimmy Ames ... Manu
Ernie Adams ... Paki
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After a long absense from the island, Chester Tuttle returns to Tahiti to find that little has changed. His large family, particularly his scheming Uncle Jonas, would rather dance and romance than earn a living. When Jonas loses the family plantation in a cockfight, Chester saves the day by towing in a large ship abandoned at sea and claiming the salvage. But opening a joint bank account in the name of the Tuttle clan may not have been a wise decision.... Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Assim é Melhor See more »

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Budget:

$847,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film did poorly at the box office, resulting in a loss of $170,000 ($2.65M in 2017) for RKO according to studio records. See more »

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A Spiritual Sibling to 'You Can't Take It With You'.
2 August 2015 | by the_match_makerSee all my reviews

Like the Capra film, this one is all about the maxim of, "Work to Live, don't Live to Work".

In today's parlance, the Tuttles would be considered 'white trash'. Working only enough to get by, 'mooching' off of their friends, wasting their money on fun and games. In truth, they live the sort of life that everyone secretly wishes that they themselves could live. Fortunately for them (and the film), instead of envying them, others around them love them for it.

While their home may be run down, and their credit is no good, the Tuttles themselves are rock solid people who have their values straight. Family, Fun, and Fishing. That's about as fundamental as it gets.

The plot is thin, but that's OK. It's the characters that carry this movie.

Frankly, it's the sort of film one doesn't see anymore. What with the breakdown of the family unit, and the now foreign idea of large family's living under a single roof, the setup alone may be one that modern audiences no longer understand. It very much perpetuates the matriarchal/patriarchal social dynamic that one used to find in the U.S.A. While the setting may be in the far flung south pacific, no doubt that Midwestern families back when this movie premiered could see certain of themselves in the Tuttles.

It's an ode to a slower (and richer) pace of life that too many people in our 'go-go-go' world have lost touch with these days.

So, get a little money, get a little gasoline, do a little fishing, and then have a party with your friends. Life is all about the living of it.


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