South Sea Woman

Synopsis: Marine Sergeant James O'Hearn is being tried at the San Diego Marine base for desertion, theft, scandalous conduct and destruction of property in time of war. He refuses to testify or plead guilty or not guilty to the charges. Showgirl Ginger Martin takes the stand against his protest. She testifies O'Hearn won't talk because he is protecting the name of his pal, Marine Private Davey White. Ginger tells how she, broke and stranded, met the two marines in Shanghai two weeks before Pearl Harbor. White proposes marriage so that Ginger can be evacuated from China as his wife. Before the ceremony, the two Marines get into a fight with the natives and escape with Ginger aboard a small motor boat. They wind up in Namou, a Vichy French island, and are quartered in a run-down hotel. O'Hearn discovers a Nazi yacht delivering radar supplies to the island, and plans to seize it with the help of the Free French. White refuses to join and says he is deserting and intends to remain on the island with
Director(s): Arthur Lubin
Production: Warner Home Video
99 min

...United States Navy.

Raise your right hand.

You do solemnly swear...

...that the evidence you are about to give

before this court... be nothing but the truth,

so help you God?

I do.

Take the stand, please.

- State your name, rate and station.

- Orville H. Masterson...

...chief boatswain's mate,

United States Navy...

...attached to the submarine Shark,

now dry-docked at San Diego.

If you recognize the accused,

state as whom.

Master Gunnery Sergeant James o'Hearn,

United States Marine Corps.

Tell the court the occasion

of your first meeting with the accused.

It was the night of the 12th

of September, 1942.

We were running surface

with me standing dogwatch...

...when all of a sudden, I sight what

first looks like a Japanese submarine...

...but turns out to be a raft

with a man and woman lashed aboard...

...and a distress signal flying.

- What kind of distress signal?

- A pair of unmentionables, sir.


Mention the unmentionables.

Well, sir, they were Skivvies.

What you call panties, sir.

Fancy lace panties.

You must have been cold, ma'am.

- Are you certain of that, chief?

- I saw them, sir, fluttering in the breeze.

I think the number of service stripes

worn by the witness...

...qualifies him to identify the flag

the craft was flying.


- Who was the man aboard the derelict?

- Him, sir.

Did the accused identify himself

as a member of the Marine Corps?

No, sir, but we became suspicious

when he started complaining...

...that the chow was only fit

for a hog or sailor.

Did the accused offer any resistance

to being charged?

He was beyond that, sir.

He was so done in that we didn't know

for six days whether he'd live or conk out.

He gave no explanation

of his predicament?

None, sir, except he kept raving

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Edwin Blum

Edwin Harvey Blum (2 August 1906 – 2 May 1995) was an American screenwriter.He was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey and died in Santa Monica, California. Films written by Blum include Stalag 17, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Gung Ho. more…

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