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The film's working titles were Java and East of Java . Pre-release HR news items announced that Yvonne De Carlo was to star in the film. Dorothy Hart is credited with the part of "Margaret Landis" in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, but Helena Carter is listed in the onscreen credits. This film marked Liberace's motion picture debut. The flamboyant pianist appeared in a few other films, most notably as one of the stars of the 1955 Warner Bros. film Sincerely Yours . He hosted his own television variety program, The Liberace Show , from 1952-1955 and again in ... More Less

The film's working titles were Java and East of Java . Pre-release HR news items announced that Yvonne De Carlo was to star in the film. Dorothy Hart is credited with the part of "Margaret Landis" in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, but Helena Carter is listed in the onscreen credits. This film marked Liberace's motion picture debut. The flamboyant pianist appeared in a few other films, most notably as one of the stars of the 1955 Warner Bros. film Sincerely Yours . He hosted his own television variety program, The Liberace Show , from 1952-1955 and again in 1969. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Jan 1950.
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Daily Variety
4 Jan 50
p. 3, 10
Film Daily
9 Jan 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Mar 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 49
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Oct 49
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jan 50
p. 4, 14
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
7 Jan 50
p. 146.
New York Times
16 Jan 50
p. 18.
Variety
4 Jan 50
p. 63.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
From a story by
From a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Gaffer
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
Makeup
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Scr supv
Grip
SOURCES
MUSIC
Concerto No. 2 in A major by Franz Liszt.
SONGS
"Blue Lagoon," words by Frederick Herbert, music by Arnold Hughes
"It Had to Be You," words by Gus Kahn, music by Isham Jones
"I'm the Lonesomest Gal in Town," words by Lew Brown, music by Albert von Tilzer
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SONGS
"Blue Lagoon," words by Frederick Herbert, music by Arnold Hughes
"It Had to Be You," words by Gus Kahn, music by Isham Jones
"I'm the Lonesomest Gal in Town," words by Lew Brown, music by Albert von Tilzer
"One Man Woman," words by Jack Brooks, music by Milton Schwarzwald.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Java
East of Java
Release Date:
9 January 1950
Production Date:
mid June--late July 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
17 March 1950
Copyright Number:
LP237
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83 or 88
Length(in feet):
7,899
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14068
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On board a ship in the South Seas, a sailor known as Smitty is struck by appendicitis, and Doc, the ship's physician, is forced to operate with only the help of some whiskey and an instruction manual. The sailor, whose real name is "Jake" Davis, survives the operation, but Doc insists that he be hospitalized when they land on the island of Oraca. At the hospital, Jake is visited by Cognac, a disreputable character who runs the Port of Hope nightclub. Cognac badgers Jake for information concerning his alleged deal with the Japanese for the sale of rubber during the war. Meanwhile, Coral, a singer at the Port of Hope, has been ordered deported on Doc's ship, but shortly after she boards, Cognac arrives and tells her that he has intervened with the authorities on her behalf. Doc, who has fallen in love with Coral, resigns his position and follows her back to the Port of Hope. Privately, Cognac asks Coral to find out what Jake knows. Coral strikes up a conversation with Jake and tells him the sad story of her youth. He then reveals that he has been charged with selling crude rubber to the Japanese and adds that although his accusers could not prove the charges, he could not disprove them. They begin an affair, and Jake, whose interest in life has been revived by Coral, decides to clear his name. Shortly afterward, officials of the American-Eurasian Rubber Company--Don Williams and his wife Kay, William Grayson and Andrews--arrive on Oraca, summoned by Cognac. Also in the party is Margaret Landis, Jake's former fiancée, who has always believed ... +


On board a ship in the South Seas, a sailor known as Smitty is struck by appendicitis, and Doc, the ship's physician, is forced to operate with only the help of some whiskey and an instruction manual. The sailor, whose real name is "Jake" Davis, survives the operation, but Doc insists that he be hospitalized when they land on the island of Oraca. At the hospital, Jake is visited by Cognac, a disreputable character who runs the Port of Hope nightclub. Cognac badgers Jake for information concerning his alleged deal with the Japanese for the sale of rubber during the war. Meanwhile, Coral, a singer at the Port of Hope, has been ordered deported on Doc's ship, but shortly after she boards, Cognac arrives and tells her that he has intervened with the authorities on her behalf. Doc, who has fallen in love with Coral, resigns his position and follows her back to the Port of Hope. Privately, Cognac asks Coral to find out what Jake knows. Coral strikes up a conversation with Jake and tells him the sad story of her youth. He then reveals that he has been charged with selling crude rubber to the Japanese and adds that although his accusers could not prove the charges, he could not disprove them. They begin an affair, and Jake, whose interest in life has been revived by Coral, decides to clear his name. Shortly afterward, officials of the American-Eurasian Rubber Company--Don Williams and his wife Kay, William Grayson and Andrews--arrive on Oraca, summoned by Cognac. Also in the party is Margaret Landis, Jake's former fiancée, who has always believed in Jake's innocence. Jake visits his former friends, and during their conversation, realizes that Williams had arranged to be out of town every time a rubber shipment was missing. After Jake leaves, Williams and Grayson discuss their fears that he will uncover their wartime activities. Their conversation is overheard by Lee, the company's native servant. Later, Cognac decides to blackmail Grayson. He then tells Coral he has access to a lot of money, but when he asks her to leave Oraca with him, she laughs in his face. That night, Jake attends a rubber company party with Coral. Margaret receives her graciously, but Coral pretends that she has come to entertain. While Coral gamely sings for the crowd, Jake tells Margaret his suspicions about Williams. Coral sees them together and, misunderstanding, leaves the party. Doc, who is waiting outside, notices Coral leaving and accuses Jake of throwing her over. A fight breaks out, and Jake is arrested. Not knowing that Jake is in jail, Cognac frames him for Grayson's murder. When Coral tells him about Jake's incarceration, Cognac reveals that he knows Grayson and Williams sold the rubber to the Japanese and offers to clear Jake's name if she helps him evade murder charges. Lee, who has followed Cognac, eavesdrops. When the police arrive, Cognac tells them that Grayson was with Coral when he shot himself. Jake is shocked and begs Coral to tell the truth, but out of love for him, she sticks to her story. Later, Margaret urges Coral to tell Jake what really happened, but Coral still keeps silent. The truth comes out, however, when Lee tells the police what she witnessed, and Cognac is arrested for Grayson's murder. Later, Doc leaves town with Coral. Margaret meets Coral at the boat to express her gratitude for what she has done for Jake. Jake then tells Margaret that he wants to forget Coral with her help. +

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