Song of the Sarong (1945)

65 mins | Adventure | 20 April 1945

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 Apr 1945
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Daily Variety
20 Apr 1945
p. 3
Film Daily
20 Apr 1945
p. 13
Hollywood Reporter
31 Oct 1944
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
3 Nov 1944
p. 17
Hollywood Reporter
17 Nov 1944
p. 15
Hollywood Reporter
20 Apr 1945
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Jan 1945
p. 2278
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Apr 1945
p. 2402
Variety
25 Apr 1945
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
John B. Goodman
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Pied Pipers from Swingtown U.S.A." and "Ridin' on the Crest of a Cloud," music and lyrics by Jack Brooks; "Lovely Luana" and "Island of the Moon," music and lyrics by Don Raye and Gene de Paul; "De Camptown Races," music and lyrics by Stephen Foster; "Singin' in the Rain," music and lyrics by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
+
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 April 1945
Production Date:
early Nov--mid Nov 1944
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
17 April 1945
LP13266
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
5,821
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10671
SYNOPSIS

On a radio program, adventurer Drew Allen tells his his audience about his various travails: Despite his poor luck in recovering lost treasure, he is offered a job by Cyrus P. Adams, who seeks to uncover millions of dollars worth of pearls from the South Sea island of Kashira, upon which he was once shipwrecked. Although he is warned that three previous expeditions have failed to return, Drew takes the challenge and leaves the next day in Adams' seaplane. Along for the trip are stowaways Pete McGillicutty and Tony Romans, and the three are soon forced to make an emergency landing during a thunderstorm. They are taken by the natives of Kashira to the throne of white princess Sharon, who warns them that they will be killed if they attempt to steal the island's treasures. For their own protection, Drew, Pete and Tony are imprisoned by the island's ruling Council of Three, but are saved from a fiery death at the hands of a native mob by Captain William Beemis, the only other outsider on the island. Beemis, Adams' long-lost partner, reiterates Sharon's warning and tells the men that after he found Sharon as a shipwrecked child, the natives came to believe that she had been delivered to the island by the Sun God. Drew, Tony and Pete are later released from jail in order to attend the "Song of the Sarong" ceremony, in which Sharon is expected to declare her love for her betrothed, Kalo. Instead, Sharon mysteriously selects Drew as her mate, causing the jealous Kalo to plot the American's demise. While Tony and Pete begin to feel guilty about ...

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On a radio program, adventurer Drew Allen tells his his audience about his various travails: Despite his poor luck in recovering lost treasure, he is offered a job by Cyrus P. Adams, who seeks to uncover millions of dollars worth of pearls from the South Sea island of Kashira, upon which he was once shipwrecked. Although he is warned that three previous expeditions have failed to return, Drew takes the challenge and leaves the next day in Adams' seaplane. Along for the trip are stowaways Pete McGillicutty and Tony Romans, and the three are soon forced to make an emergency landing during a thunderstorm. They are taken by the natives of Kashira to the throne of white princess Sharon, who warns them that they will be killed if they attempt to steal the island's treasures. For their own protection, Drew, Pete and Tony are imprisoned by the island's ruling Council of Three, but are saved from a fiery death at the hands of a native mob by Captain William Beemis, the only other outsider on the island. Beemis, Adams' long-lost partner, reiterates Sharon's warning and tells the men that after he found Sharon as a shipwrecked child, the natives came to believe that she had been delivered to the island by the Sun God. Drew, Tony and Pete are later released from jail in order to attend the "Song of the Sarong" ceremony, in which Sharon is expected to declare her love for her betrothed, Kalo. Instead, Sharon mysteriously selects Drew as her mate, causing the jealous Kalo to plot the American's demise. While Tony and Pete begin to feel guilty about their plans to steal the island's pearls, the promise of fortune still clouds Drew's eyes. Beemis tries to explain to Drew that the pearls are a part of the island's religious customs, but Drew tells the captain that he rejected his faith after seeing children killed in the bombing of a church during World War II. Later, Drew convinces Sharon to take him to "The Temple of Tears," the pearl shrine, but she is stopped by Mahu, her guardian, before she can give Drew the key to the sacred temple. Despite his growing affection for Sharon, Drew makes a deal with Kalo, who shows him a secret passageway into the temple in return for a share of the treasure, along with passage to America. The deceitful Kalo, however, blows up their seaplane before they can escape the island. Realizing that he has been given a second chance with Sharon, Drew attempts to return the stolen pearls, only to be captured by the native guards. Drew, Tony and Pete are sentenced to death by fire, but through Sharon's prayers, a rainstorm breaks out, extinguishing the flames and saving the three men. Learning that her mother was a missionary, Sharon converts the island to Christianity, and inspires a reawakening of faith in Drew.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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