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His Majesty O’Keefe

This swashbuckling South Seas adventure feature is ideally suited to Burt Lancaster's muscular heroics. The Fiji Islands location lensing is a plus factor for interest.

Cast:
Burt Lancaster Joan Rice Andre Morell Abraham Sofaer Archie Savage Benson Fong

This swashbuckling South Seas adventure feature is ideally suited to Burt Lancaster’s muscular heroics. The Fiji Islands location lensing is a plus factor for interest.

The island of Viti Levu in the South Pacific is the locale used. Lancaster is seen as a daredevil Yankee sea captain, cast overboard off the island by a mutinous crew. Intrigued by the possibilities of making a fortune off the island’s copra, he stays on to battle other traders, native idleness and superstition, becoming His Majesty O’Keefe with a beautiful Polynesian (Joan Rice) as queen.

The action emphasis of the screenplay, suggested by a novel by Lawrence Kingman and Gerald Green, provides Byron Haskin’s direction innumerable opportunities for movement, so the film’s pace is quick-tempoed. Rice is a sweet romantic foil for Lancaster’s swashbuckling. Tessa Prendergast, as another island beauty, teases the eyes.

His Majesty O'Keefe

Production: Warner. Dir Byron Haskin; Producer [Harold Hecht]; Screenplay Borden Chase, James Hill; Camera Otto Heller; Editor Manuel Del Campo; Music Robert Farnon Art Dir Ted Haworth, W. Simpson Robinson

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1953. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: Burt Lancaster Joan Rice Andre Morell Abraham Sofaer Archie Savage Benson Fong

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