Approved | | Musical, Romance, War
On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.
Fernando Lamas was considered for the role of Emile, but he could not get out of his contract to the Broadway show "Happy Hunting."
Lt. Buzz Adams:
You gotta do something to break the monotony out here, Lieutenant. You know, if this war ever really gets started ...
Lt. Cable: It'll get started.
Lt. Buzz Adams: Sure - sure, it'll get started.
When Luther Billis is in the lifeboat being fired upon by Japanese troops, the rear of the lifeboat shows its manufacturing date as 'APR 1956'.
There are probably more dubbed singing voices in this film than in any other screen version of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, but the only one which actually receives screen credit is that of Giorgio Tozzi, who dubs the singing voice of Emile de Becque (Rosanno Brazzi). This is because Tozzi was a renowned bass-baritone with the Metropolitan Opera.
The UK cut of the film begins with the first scene of Nellie and Emile at the plantation, and then the first Seabees scene, as was done originally on Broadway. US distributor 20th Century Fox decided to rearrange the two sequences, thus opening the film with "Bloody Mary".
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