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


Seattle, Detroit, and points east.

You've a great man in America.

You've a great man in America.

President Hoover?

I mean Sake Tomesi.


Sake Tomesi, the giant

who fights for a prize.

Oh, you mean Jack Dempsey.

Yes, a brave man...

one who destroys his enemies with

one blow of his right hand.

Morgan tane, perhaps you too

are a fighter for a prize?

A man without fear?

- Let him go to sleep, Tonga.

- You're right.

Mr. Cobbett says you stop.

Come to church on Sabbath.

Haven't you boys had enough?


...the Lord shall bless us

ever more. Amen.

We will now listen

to the word of Mr. Cobbett.

Children of Matareva.

This has been a week

of wickedness and evil.

The forces of the devil have

scattered his seed among us...

and defied the laws of salvation

set down by my blessed father.

I speak not only of the guilty

among you...

the withholder of the tithe...

the females who bare their bodies

and invite the sins of the flesh.

I speak of a stranger who

has come into our midst.

An infidel who, like Lucifer

from the gates of Heaven...

shall be cast into the pit.

Mr. Morgan!

Now, what?

Do you mean to continue

desecrating the Sabbath?

Why don't you go home?

Thas your only answer?

Can't you see I'm busy?

Quit that!

Are you crazy?

Wardens, everybody,

pull down this temple of evil.

Come on, all of you!

Hey, cut it out!

Look out, she's going!

Now, sir, you'll learn

to respect our rules.

Cobbett, you're wackier

than I thought.

Furthermore, you'll join

the procession when ordered.

You'll attend late vespers.

They never should have let you

out of the booby hatch.

God will strike you!

Who'll help me stick this up?

My father put those windows in.

No man can escape, Morgan,

no man.


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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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