Return to Paradise

Synopsis: Based on the short story "Mr. Morgan" from "Return To Paradise" (James Michener's sequel to "Tales of the South Pacific"). Morgan (Gary Cooper), a drifter and soldier-of-fortune washes up on a Pacific island that is a small dictatorial state under the puritanic rule of Pastor Corbett (Barry Jones), a missionary. They conflict but Morgan stays on and carves out a cozy life. He has a child out of wedlock with island native Maeva (Roberta Haynes), but departs the island after her death, leaving the young daughter behind. He returns years later in search of his daughter. It is circa the early years of WW II, and he finds that his daughter has fallen in love with an American pilot who has crash-landed on the island. It appears that the pilot will do for the girl what Morgan did for her mother, and then depart.
Director(s): Mark Robson
Production: United Artists
100 min

like a piece of flotsam

washed by chance on our shore...

perhaps to stay and

become part of us...

perhaps to drift away again forever.

We didn't know.

That is my fale. You can come inside

and rest, if you like.

My son speaks well. Come in.

My wife, Povana is making

the evening meal.

We'll be happy

if you stay with us.

Fine, thanks.

What do they carry lanterns for?

All young men and unmarried girls

must carry lanterns wherever they go.

Even to practice the hymns you hear.

That way, the wardens can know

if two people go off alone.

Whas that?

One cannot keep secrets on Matareva.

The wardens have caught a girl.

Our own people become so cruel.

Mr. Cobbett gives them rights...

and they do things he does not know

about. Things I am ashamed to tell.

How did Cobbett take over

in the first place?

Twenty years ago, he came to make

a small copra business.

His father was the missy here.

The what?

The missionary. A man of goodness

and great power.

Reverand Cobbett.

The government gave

him the right to rule...

and forgot about us.

When he died...

Mr. Cobbet became the law

and twisted his father's rules...

until they strangle us.

I don't see why you didn't kick

the old buzzard out.

We have lost our strength.

We've forgotten our

warrior grandfathers.

One time, we planned

a big rebellion...

but my cousin betrayed us

to the wardens.

Serves you right for trusting people.

Don't, and they can't let you down.

Do you mind if I turn in?

Povana has laid a mat for you.

Tomorrow, I'll give you tools

to build your house.

Thanks. Isn't it a bit risky,

putting yourself out for me?

Perhaps I'm foolish.

I still trust people.

Sleep well, Morgan tane.

Goodnight, ma'am.

Goodnight, kid.

Morgan tane,

where do you come from?

Tahiti, Suva, Apia...

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James A. Michener

James Albert Michener (; February 3, 1907 – October 16, 1997) was an American author of more than 40 books, most of which were fictional, lengthy family sagas covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic locales and incorporating solid history. Michener had numerous bestsellers and works selected for Book of the Month Club, and was known for his meticulous research behind the books.Michener's novels include Tales of the South Pacific for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948, Hawaii, The Drifters, Centennial, The Source, The Fires of Spring, Chesapeake, Caribbean, Caravans, Alaska, Texas, and Poland. His non-fiction works include Iberia, about his travels in Spain and Portugal; his memoir titled The World Is My Home; and Sports in America. Return to Paradise combines fictional short stories with Michener's factual descriptions of the Pacific areas where they take place.His first book was adapted as the popular Broadway musical South Pacific by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, and later as eponymous feature films in 1958 and 2001, adding to his financial success. He also wrote an analysis of the United States' Electoral College system in a book which condemned it, entitled Presidential Lottery: The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System. It was published in 1969, and republished in 2014 and 2016. more…

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