South Sea Woman

South Sea Woman

Director: Arthur Lubin

Cast: Arthur Lubin, Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Chuck Connors

     
 
Burt Lancaster and Virginia Mayo, the stars of 1950's Flame and the Arrow, are reteamed in the lusty adventure romp South Sea Woman. It all begins at the military trial of Marine sergeant O'Hearn (Burt Lancaster), facing a court-martial for desertion. In flashback, O'Hearn recalls how he was stranded in Shanghai while trying to break up the impending

Overview

Burt Lancaster and Virginia Mayo, the stars of 1950's Flame and the Arrow, are reteamed in the lusty adventure romp South Sea Woman. It all begins at the military trial of Marine sergeant O'Hearn (Burt Lancaster), facing a court-martial for desertion. In flashback, O'Hearn recalls how he was stranded in Shanghai while trying to break up the impending marriage between his pal David White (Chuck Connors) and brassy nightclub photographer Ginger Martin (Virginia Mayo). The two marines try to make it back to Pearl Harbor, but they undergo several hair-raising adventures along the way, including a sticky involvement with a group of French resistance fighters. The upshot of all this is that O'Hearn arrives in Pearl after the Japanese attack, and as such is branded as a coward. It is up to Ginger Martin to provide the evidence that will clear our hero -- but she isn't too fond of O'Hearn at the moment.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
South Sea Woman is a bunch of nonsense, and if you are in the mood for nothing more than a lot of pointless comedic hijinx and some feudin' and fightin', then Woman can be pretty enjoyable. But if you are not in this mood, Woman is pretty much a waste of time. It's not the kind of film that a person gets all worked up about one way or the other; if you like it, it's a pleasant little way to pass some time and get some easy laughs. If you don't, it's not something that is likely to stick in your craw and make you angry. Is it a good film? No, not really. It could have been; with a wittier script, or a daffier director, or a more imaginative way of approaching the basic premise, it could have become something a bit more special. (To be fair, it could also have become a disaster.) The cast is perfectly fine and gives it all a good try. Burt Lancaster is, of course, totally believable as a buff marine, and he handles both the physical and the comedic demands of the role well. Virginia Mayo really lets go and throws herself into the proceedings, and Chuck Connors is fine as her intended husband.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2007
UPC:
0085391177517
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Joe McDoakes comedy short "So You Want to Be an Heir"; Classic cartoon "Much Ado About Nutting"; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English & Français (main feature; bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Sgt. James O'Hearn
Virginia Mayo Ginger Martin
Chuck Connors Davey White
Barry Kelley Col. Hickman
Arthur Shields Jimmylegs Donovan
Hayden Rorke Lt. Fears
Leon Askin Marchand
Veola Vonn Mme. Duval
Raymond Greenleaf Capt. Peabody
Paul Burke Ensign Hoyt
Henri Letondal Alphonse
William O'Leary Mr. Smith
John Alderson Fitzroy
Georges Saurel Jacques
Noel Cravat Fatso
Peter Chong Woo Ching
Rudolph Anders Van Dorck
Paul Bryar Captain of the Gendarmes
Danny Chang Wong
Cliff Clark Lt. Col. Parker
John Damler Lt. Kellogg
Jacqueline Duval Julie
Gregory Gaye Free French
Sam Harris Actor
Jim Hayward Masterson
Al Hill Actor
Jack Kenney Bartender
Robert Kino Actor
Frank Kumagai Actor
Grace Lem Mama Ching
Keye Luke Actor
Rollin Moriyama Japanese Officer
Bob Sweeney Lt. Miller
Anthony Radecki Military Policeman
Guy DeVestal Actor
Gisele Verlaine Olga
Strother Martin Young Marine

Technical Credits
Arthur Lubin Director
Earl W. Baldwin Screenwriter
Gordon Bau Makeup
Sam Bischoff Producer
Edwin Blum Screenwriter
David Buttolph Score Composer
Edward Carrere Art Director
Lester Horton Choreography
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Clarence Kolster Editor
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Stanley Shapiro Screenwriter

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