W: Paul Osborn [based on the musical by Richard Rodgers
& Oscar Hammerstein II]
DP: Leon Shamroy
Ed: Robert L. Simpson
Mus: Alfred Newman & Ken Darby
Mitzi Gaynor (Ens. Nellie Forbush), Rossano Brazzi (Emile
de Becque); Ray Walston (Luther Billis), John Kerr (Lt. Joseph Cable), France Nuyen (Liat), Juanita Hall (Bloody Mary)
Amongst the most popular of the Rodgers-Hammerstein
musicals with a huge fan base still to this day, though this may be also to do with the many stage shows which have been in theatres since the film's release.
Set in 1943 on an island in the South Pacific, the story
follows a romance that blooms between an American navy nurse and a French planter who later becomes a war hero.
Like all Rodgers-Hammerstein musicals, it will have many
ardent fans, but will also have those who find this completely unappealing. It's not audience-friendly to the latter due to an overlong running time and its tendency to use colour filters in
the cinematography for dramatic effect.
For those who do enjoy their musicals, this has some of
the more memorable songs from the songwriter duo, including "Some Enchanted Evening", "There Is Nothing Like A Dame" and the quite inescapable "Happy Talk".