The Hawaiians

Synopsis: The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he captains, a cargo supposed to consist of only male Chinese workers bound for Hawaii. Nyuk Tsin was kidnapped from her Haaka village to be sold to a Honolulu brothel. She is spared when Mun Ki claims she is his wife, and Hoxworth goes along with his wife's suggestion that they can work in the Hoxworth household as domestic servants. Nyuk Tsin becomes known to all as Wu Chow's Auntie (Aunt of Five Continents) when her five sons are named after continents (with Mun Ki's wife in China regarded as their official mother). Whip founds an empire in pineapples, using Japanese laborers, after smuggling his first seed crop from French Guiana as Wu Chow's Auntie grows a family business in Honolulu around her sons.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Tom Gries
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
134 min

Avast you heathens.

Here it comes.

Mr Morris, the Chinese

are killing each other.

Come along, Mr. Morris.

Break out the guns.

Stand clear.

They told us we shouldn't mix

Punti and Hakka together.

Mountain and valley people

have hated each other for years.

Punti and Hakka,

they're all Chinese.

They all bring the same price

in the dock in Honolulu.

They won't bring us a dime

dead at sea.


Who brought her aboard?

What name you?

I said no women

aboard this ship.

She looks none the worse for it.

Would you like her topside, captain?

Who belong you?

She belongs to me!

She's my wife.

Well, damn your eyes.

Did you pay her passage?

Passage all paid. The name

is the same, Son of Ti Chong.

Look at the contract,

you'll see.

I'll do that. And, i'll teach you

not to try any more tricks...

you smart bastard.

Nail up the hatch cover.

No food and water for 24 hours.

Give them something to think about.

Aye, sir.

- Watch out for him.

- What for? He's dead.

More shark meat.

You'd think they'd know better.

How many does that make?

Seven all together.

I'd hate to lose money on

my last voyage on the Carthaginian.

You're sure is your last?

Your grandfather is not

going to like it.

Unless you're taking command

of a newer ship.

From now on,

i'm shorebound.

I've got a scheme bigger than

the old man ever dreamed.

He'll love it.

We'll miss you, sir.

The Carthaginian is a good ship.

Maybe i can talk the old man

into letting you have her.

If we can keep enough Chinamen

alive to turn a profit.

I learn you Pidgin,

you savvy?

I learn you Pidgin,

you savvy?

Ship, you say.

You say.






Bed, you say.



Pakes, this side...

Move along.

I'll miss things about the sea,

but not that stink.

Can you spy my wife,

Mr Morris?

No. Is hard to see anything with

that crowd seeing the lepers off.

You there, stand clear.

Come along, now.

Come along.


I see why you mean

to quit the sea.




He says her name

is Char Nyuk Tsin.

You, Tsin.

You belong Island of Mauie.

You are Prohilde.

Next Pake.

You, boy.

He says his name

is Kee Mun Ki.

Too long.

We call you Kee.

You belong Janders and Whipple,

Island of Kiwai.

Next Pake.

You, boy.

This the girl from the brothel

of Spring Nights in Macao?

She's Hakka! I want half

my money back.

She healthy?

No mark up?

She's not for sale.

What the hell's going on here?

Me buy woman.

You told me

she was your wife.

Sure, she's my wife.

See? Me buy.

Me want woman.

Whip, if she's his wife,

you can't let them be separated.

Is none of my business.

I don't know who's cheating who.

He cheat me.

Me want woman.

Whip, couldn't they work for us?

You bet. Me cook,

in whorehouse in Macao.

Plenty fine house.

All right.

We'll give it a try.

You just bought

yourself a wife.

Maybe you're lying to him,

but you better not be lying to me.

Come on.

Aloha, Pakes. Aloha!


This your house.

Hey sister,

how about one drink?


Ship? No ship, house.

No ship, house.


By damn, some Pidgin,

you learn pretty good.

Whip, please don't go back

to sea.

I couldn't stand it.

I won't.

You know...

we should have a Hoxworth

shipping line with schedules...

instead of just tramps

sailing here and there.

If i can just

convince the old man.

We can make Honolulu

the crossroads of the Pacific.

Your grandfather died

six weeks ago.

I didn't want to tell you until...

Was that too selfish of me?


I'm glad you didn't.

Is like a main mast breaking.

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James R. Webb

James R. Webb (October 4, 1909 – September 27, 1974) was an American writer. He won an Academy Award in 1963 for How the West Was Won.Webb was born in Denver, Colorado, and graduated from Stanford University in 1930. During the 1930s he worked both as a screenwriter and a fiction writer for a number of national magazines, including Collier's Weekly, Cosmopolitan and the Saturday Evening Post. Webb was commissioned an army officer in June 1942 and became a personal aide to General Lloyd R. Fredendall who was commander of the II Corps (United States). Webb accompanied Fredendall to England in October 1942 and participated in the invasion of North Africa in November 1942 when the Second Corps captured the city of Oran. The Second Corps then attacked eastward into Tunisia. In February 1943 the German army launched a counterattack at Kasserine Pass which repulsed the Second Corps and nearly broke through the Allied lines. The Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower relieved Fredendall of command in March 1943 and sent him back to the United States where he became deputy commander of the Second United States Army at Memphis, Tennessee. Webb returned to the United States with Fredendall and later served in the European Theater. Webb left the Army after the war and returned to Hollywood, California, where he continued his work as a screenwriter. He died on September 27, 1974, and was buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery. more…

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