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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pagan Love Song (1950)

An American schoolteacher (Howard Keel) comes to Tahiti after inheriting a plantation where he meets and falls for a beautiful Tahitian girl (a brown skinned Esther Williams). The slight plot serves as a framework for some unmemorable songs sung by Keel and a couple of swimming production numbers for Ms. Williams. The stereotypical concept of the happy, brown natives singing and laughing in the sun all day grates a bit but otherwise, it's typical, harmless MGM Technicolor fluff. The highlight of the film is a splashy and colorful Tahitian percussive production number with native dancers. Directed by the choreographer Robert Alton (WHITE CHRISTMAS, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN), one of only two films he directed. Williams' singing is dubbed by Betty Wand. With Rita Moreno, Minna Gombell and Charles Mauu.

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