Grand Musical Matinee: South Pacific
July 25 @ 1:00 pm
Tickets: General Admission
$6.00 Matinee Admission
On the Coastal Eye Care screen
South Pacific – (1958. US. 2 hrs, 47 min. Directed by Joshua Logan. NR.)
Producer/director Joshua Logan’s long-awaited filmization of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical “South Pacific” adapted from James A. Michener’s best-selling novel “Tales of the South Pacific,” stars Mitzi Gaynor as WAVE officer Nellie Forbush, who while stationed overseas during World War II falls in love with wealthy French planter Emile De Becque (Rosanno Brazzi). Navy Lt. Joseph Cable (John Kerr) would like DeBecque to help them in a reconnaissance mission against the Japanese, but he refuses; having run away from the outside world after killing a man in his home town, De Becque sees no reason to become involved in a war which he did not start and in which he has no interest. But when Nellie, her inbred bigotry aroused when she discovers that Emile has two mixed-race children, refuses his proposal of marriage, DeBecque, having nothing to lose, agrees to go on the mission. Lt. Cable, like Nellie, has also thrown away a chance at lasting happiness by his racism; he has refused to marry Liat (France Nuyen), the dark-skinned daughter of Tokinese trader Bloody Mary (Juanita Hall). The dramatic elements of the musical are offset by the low-comedy antics of “Big Dealer” seabee Luther Billis (Ray Walston). All of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s immortal songs-“Some Enchanted Evening,” “Bali H’ai,” “There is Nothing Like a Dame,” “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy,” “Younger Than Springtime” etc.- are retained, and, as a bonus, a song cut from the original stage production, “My Girl Back Home,” is revived herein. With Tom McLaughlin, Ron Ely, Doug McClure, John Gabriel and James Stacy.