Cinema: The New Pictures, Jan. 24, 1955

The Beachcomber (J. Arthur Rank; United Artists). Asked who discovered the South Sea Islands, a schoolboy once replied: "Somerset Maugham." He was right, of course. Captain Cook found some geographical points, but he missed the emotional one that Sadie Thompson and Ginger Ted, the supreme remittance man in all literature, have supplied to millions. Ted is back again in this second screen version of The Beachcomber. This time Actor Robert Newton sees, as Charles Laughton in the 1939 version failed to, the low, colonial swank of the fellow, and plays it for the...

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