14 June 2018 | ksf-2
another exotic south sea adventure .... L Howard
Aubrey Smith was in just EVERYTHING in the 1930s and 1940s. In our story, Dan (Leslie Howard) and Maisie (Karen Morley) are in love, and want to get married, but things start to happen that get in the way. Dan's old captain friend has a daughter Tamea ( Conchita Montenegro) that needs looking after. Montenegro was from Spain, and made films in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. There's a wrench in the works when it turns out Tamea is spoiled rotten, and used to having her own way. She has fallen for Dan and is determined to get in the way of his plans. Leslie Howard was probably best known for Petrified Forest and Gone with the Wind. Died young when his plane was shot down by the germans during WW II. The film is pretty good... one of the exotic south sea adventure films at a time when most people didn't travel very far, so it had extra fascination. Mostly interesting because of the big hollywood names in it... Smith and Howard. It's also pre-code, so there are scenes in here that they couldn't show just a couple years later. Nothing too naughty by today's standard. There's a big scene near the end when the two women have it out over Dan. Director Woody van Dyke also croaked young in 1943, but that was by his own doing. He had been diagnosed with cancer, but his religion kept him from getting treatment.