Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1955. Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by John Patrick, based on the novel by Han Suyin. Cinematography by Leon Shamroy. Produced by Buddy Adler. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Charles Le Maire. Film Editing by William Reynolds. Academy Awards 1955. Golden Globe Awards 1955.
Melodrama was hardly ever more purple than in this sudsy romance. William Holden plays a G.I. posted in Korea who meets a half-European, half-Asian woman (Jennifer Jones with heavy eyeliner) who keeps calling herself “Eurasian” as if it were a thing. The two embark on an illicit, forbidden love affair set against the cheesy main theme song and the colourful flora and fauna that are to be found in the South Seas. It should go well enough, but they are after all from two different worlds and it looks like their backgrounds aren’t going to give them a good enough chance to succeed. Or at least that’s what white suburban Americans were willing to believe, anyway. War buffs are better off sticking with The Bridges At Toko-Ri, but those who love a good, old-fashioned romance will get no end of pleasure from it.