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.