Pearl of the South Pacific (1955) - Rotten Tomatoes

Pearl of the South Pacific (1955)

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Refreshingly, the tropical melodrama Pearl of the South Pacific never takes itself too seriously. Virginia Mayo heads the cast as a phony missionary, in cahoots with crooks Dennis Morgan and David Farrar. The trio intend to make off with a fortune in black pearls, which rests in an underwater shrine guarded by a huge octopus. On the verge of accomplishing the heist, the threesome are attacked by the local natives, who by now have glommed onto Virginia's duplicity. Only two of the three schemers survive the attack, but those two intend to turn over a new leaf once they return to civilization. The lovely legs of leading lady Virginia Mayo are given generous screen time throughout most the proceedings, allowing the viewer to ignore the frequently imbecilic dialogue.

Cast

Virginia Mayo
as Rita Delaine
Dennis Morgan
as Dan Merrill
David Farrar
as Bully Hague
Murvyn Vye
as Halemano
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Critic Reviews for Pearl of the South Pacific

All Critics (1)

Adventure film with pleasing story telling and strong anti-colonialist message.

July 5, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pearl of the South Pacific

This inoffensive mid-'50s jungle/South Seas adventure is not too bad at all. It's all about a woman with a shady past and 2 crooks who sail to a secret island to steal a fortune in black pearls from the natives. The pearls are hidden in a crypt, accessible only by diving to the bottom of a lagoon. The underwater cave entrance is guarded by a giant octopus. The octopus just kinda sits there waving its tentacles. This is very Saturday afternoon "B" movie stuff. Would make a great double feature with "Underwater" or "Zombies Of Mora Tau." It's about that vintage AND quality. I definitely wasn't bored by it, but it was no great "lost" classic either. The jungle sets were better than I thought they would be and the VCI dvd has a decent color print. Worth a look if you are in that '50s frame of mind. Well worth 5 Stars. 2-11-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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½

South Seas silliness mostly shot on obvious sets but it is colorful and mindless so if you are in an undemanding mood this will fill the bill although they really should have found a reason for Dennis Morgan to sing. Virginia Mayo was a good actress whose career was unfortunately strewn with this kind of junk, either she was at the wrong studio which didn't know how to cast her or she just took whatever came along because excepting The Best Years of Our Lives and White Heat her films are almost all forgettable.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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