Refreshingly, the tropical melodrama Pearl of the South Pacific never takes itself too seriously. Virginia Mayo heads the cast as a phony missionary, in cahoots with crooks Dennis Morgan and David Farrar. The trio intend to make off with a fortune in black pearls, which rests in an underwater shrine guarded by a huge octopus. On the verge of accomplishing the heist, the threesome are attacked by the local natives, who by now have glommed onto Virginia's duplicity. Only two of the three schemers survive the attack, but those two intend to turn over a new leaf once they return to civilization. The lovely legs of leading lady Virginia Mayo are given generous screen time throughout most the proceedings, allowing the viewer to ignore the frequently imbecilic dialogue.
by Hal Erickson synopsis