Cinema: The New Pictures, Mar. 31, 1958

South Pacific (Magna Releasing Corp. and 20th Century-Fox), as a Broadway musical, had so much vim and vinegar that it would be almost impossible to make a bad movie out of it—but the moviemakers appear to have tried.

They gave it everything they had, and a lot they did not. They gave it, for a budget, almost $6,000,000, and for a setting the most beautiful Hawaiian island —Kauai, about 100 miles west-northwest of Honolulu. They gave it a topflight director (Joshua Logan) and a glittering cast. They gave it, on the theory that...

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