South of Tahiti (1941)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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An entertaining amalgam of Universal contract players, leftover sets and stock footage, South of Tahiti stars Brian Donlevy, Broderick Crawford and Andy Devine as Bob, Chuck and Moose, three stooge-like sailors who land on a South Sea island. While Bob pitches woos at voluptuous native girl Melahi (Maria Montez in one of her earliest leading roles), Chuck and Moose try to plunder a valuable-and sacred--bed of pearls. Nothing much happens after this, except for a few dozen shots of gorgeous Universal starlets in various states of undress. H.B. Warner, who in his heyday played Jesus in DeMille's The King of Kings, brings a modicum of dignity to the proceedings as a native chieftan. Even at its weakest, South of Tahiti is slick and pleasantly amusing.

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sea, boating, ceremony, drifter, initiation, island, island-deserted, love, marriage, native, Pacific-Ocean, pearl, princess, romance, sea-disaster, shipwreck, South-Seas, stranded, south