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The movie is almost a word-for-word account of the story in Michener's book of the same name, "Return to Paradise". Because it followed the book so closely, it made for a 5* movie. Rarely do movies follow the so closely the stories from which they originate. This movie is from one of the stories in Michener's book, "Return to Paradise". The title of that story in the book is "Mr. Morgan". After seeing this movie, I decided to buy the book which was published in 1951, two years before the movie's release.
If you love the beach and adventure romance stories set in idyllic settings, then this is the movie to get. In some ways, I would call this the Polynesian version of "Casablanca" with Cooper's character of Morgan akin to Bogart's character of Rick.
I saw the movie with my parents when it first hit the theaters and fell in love with the theme song. In 1958 my parents found a VERY LONG instermental version of the theme on and old album from the '50s by Percy Faith and His Orchestra, "Music From Hollywood".
I still have the album and I've put it on CD.
I'd give that 8 stars!
PS: I can't believe I found a copy of "Music From Hollywood" on CD! (which I got from Amazon) It is great to hear it without the scratches. It is a great recording with original fidelity. It even included an abbreviated copy of the original LP liner notes.
In addition to "Return To Paradise" there are a few other themes that are 6.5 minutes long; a very moving "Ruby" from Ruby Gentry, "The Theme From The Bad And The Beautiful" (it sticks to your brain) and a 6 minute version of "Where Is Your Heart" from Moulin Rouge.
All together 8 very well done versions of songs that you will not hear any other place.
The "Kismet" album on this CD is just an extra for me. I had never heard it but I was pleased to find a few songs that I was familiar with.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just as I remember, when Movie played at out local Theatre, Even had a thrill, when Henrietta Godinet did her mothering of Gary Cooper. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bob Logan in New Zealand
I bought this movie and loved it as I'm a fan of Gary Cooper. But more importantly, my father is in the background in one scene of the movie where Cooper is sitting in a bar and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Keri K.
one of my favorite Gary Cooper movies. Scenery was beautiful and the actors so very likeable. The theme song was one I remembered to this day as being lovely!Published 16 months ago by Christine Frawley
Good look at Samoan culture but pretty racist in the view of natives.Published 23 months ago by Judith Royer