Approved | | Drama
An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.
Thatch was imported from Japan, as the pili leaves which were used in the era the story was set no longer exist in the Hawaiian Islands, rooster feathers had to be imported from the Philipines for the costumes, the red and gold royal cloaks came from Hong Kong, Imitation Tapa cloth was woven in Ireland, straw mattings from Mexico, Boars teeth necklaces and bracelets from India, original tribute silk from Taiwan, All representing materials and items that existed in the islands at the time this movie was set, but are now no longer in existence. To decorate the area, thirteen huge Tiki gods were re-created in Hollywood, along with ancient Hawaiian drums and weapons, while twenty-four primitive outrigger canoes were restored. Amongst other problems was finding proper ships of the period. two weather beaten sailing ships were found, purchased, and completely rebuilt from the hulls up.
And this is my daughter, Miss Jerusha.
Jerusha Bromley Hale: I'm pleased to make your acquaintance, Reverend Hale.
Abner Hale: Oh dear. Did I spray?
Charles Bromley: No, no, no, not at all.
When Abner and Jerusha approach their hut for the first time, there is a door covered with a net with a small open entrance next to it which they entered and found Iliki, but inside the hut, the small entrance can be seen next to a solid wall with no door.
CBS edited 69 minutes from this film in order to fit it into a 3-hour time slot for its 1974 network television premiere.