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His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)

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Captain David O'Keefe is a character based on the real-life 18th-century American who introduced modern agricultural methods to the South Seas. Lest you think that His Majesty O'Keefe is merely a feature-length version of your local TV station's agribusiness report, be advised that O'Keefe is played by Burt Lancaster, his biceps fairly bursting out of his period costume. Lancaster's version of O'Keefe is a garrulous mercenary who agrees to help the native farmers in exchange for a fortune in Copra, an oil-yielding form of coconut pulp. In addition to Copra, the island is rich with Rice--Joan Rice, that is, who portrays the dusky native girl with whom O'Keefe dallies. His Majesty O'Keefe arrives at its anticipated slam-bang finale when O'Keefe does battle with greedy, usurping white traders. The film was freely adapted from the popular novel by Lawrence Kingman and Gerald Green. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Action & Adventure , Classics
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Cast

Burt Lancaster
as Capt. David O'Keefe
Joan Rice
as Dalabo
André Morell
as Alfred Tetens
Abraham Sofaer
as Fatumak
Archie Savage
as Boogulroo
Benson Fong
as Mr. Chou
Lloyd Berrell
as Inifel
Charles Horvath
as Bully Hayes
Philip Ahn
as Sien Tang
Guy Doleman
as Weber
Grant Taylor
as Lt. Brenner
Harvey Adams
as Friedlander
Warwick Ray
as Garcia
Paddy Mulelly
as Beldon
Mr. McLardy
as Benson
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Critic Reviews for His Majesty O'Keefe

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His Majesty O'Keefe was intended as a follow-up to Lancaster's 1952 huge hit, The Crimson Pirate, but the pirate flick has more acrobatics, more humor, more rousing music, and a narrative that seems somehow more crisply paced.

Full Review… | March 30, 2016
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½

Another chance for Burt to jump around making with the derring do. He does that well as always but the story is average.

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