Hollywood: Under the Bam, the Boo

World War II temporarily demolished South Pacific islands with such ambrosial names as Kwajalein and Bougainville, but it remained for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to polish off the most magical landmark in the ocean—Tahiti. All but shooting money out of flamethrowers, M-G-M is there to remake Mutiny on the Bounty. The invading actors and technicians have gone native. The natives have gone nuts.

Shooting will probably extend into summer, with M-G-M spending $23,000 a day and blurring the island economy in a gilded whirl. The company has rented 1,000 outrigger canoes, hired 3,000 extras, and...

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