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A young Rita Moreno provides a much more authentic-appearing Tahitian although actually of Puerto Rican heritage than Esther. If I were Hap, I would have set my sights on her. Rita usually played subsidiary ethnic women, and still performs today, 65 years later! Unfortunately, her one song in this film was cut. In fact, Howard had already done, on stage, Gordon's later two most famous film roles, in "Carousel" and "Oklahoma", before scoring a big success in his first MGM musical "Anne Get your Gun", released earlier in ' The present film was obviously a lower budget offering, without clear cut hit songs intended.
Of course, he would go on to star in a string of popular musicals, with various top bona fide singing actresses as his leading lady. He would again costar with Esther the following year in the musical comedy "Texas Carnival", but they had to share the spotlight with Red Skelton, Anne Miller , and Keenan Wynn. Their final film as the costars was, the quite different, "Jupiter's Delight". This film is essentially a color remake of the very early talky "The Pagan", with a rather similar screen play, and which was actually largely filmed in Tahiti.
The title and theme song of the present film are derived from the theme song for that film, composed by the productive team of Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, who also came out with the famous "Singing in the Rain" that year. However, "The Pagan", was not otherwise a musical, whereas the present film is a light musical.
The other tunes were newly composed by veteran tunesmith Harry Warren, with Arthur Freed again doing the lyrics. Warren composed most of the songs for a number of MGM musicals in the late '40s and early '50s, after having done the same at Fox studios during their string of musical hits during the early '40s. Incidentally, the word 'pagan' here obvious connotes an exotic primitive culture and mindset, rather than a strict religious meaning.
In fact, it is derived from the Latin 'paganus', meaning rustic or primitive people. Christianity first took hold mostly in the larger cities of the late Roman Empire. Thus, the generally more recalcitrant empire paganus population was,for a time, symbolic of the old non-Christian beliefs and practices.
So-so musical with Howard Keel as an American coming to Tahiti to run a plantation he inherited. There he meets and immediately falls for a biracial Tahitian, played by Esther Williams. About as flimsy as they come, how much this entertains you will depend on how big a fan you are of the two stars. Keel sings a few decent songs and Esther has some nice swimming scenes. Both are great in their areas of expertise but their chemistry is nonexistent, so the romance aspect of the story falls flat.
This was a troubled production that included a broken arm for Keel and a near-drowning incident for Esther. It also went way over budget and Esther found out she was pregnant during filming. The parts of the movie that were shot on location were shot in Hawaii, not Tahiti. The attractive scenery is certainly a plus, as is the short runtime.
It's ultimately nothing special but if you enjoy handsome Keel's voice or beautiful Esther's swimming, you'll want to see it at least once. But be forewarned all that fake laughter gets old after awhile. As Tahiti inhabitant Esther Williams is getting restless to go, former schoolteacher Howard Keel has arrived at the island to live at the plantation he has inherited.
But when he gets there, he sees it's no plantation. Through an assumption and mix-up, he tries to hire Esther to be his housekeeper, but Rita Moreno and her man are the hired help instead. Esther's repertoire and therefore has no lulls, being full of colorful dances, moody songs and the beautiful Tahitian waters.
Of course, they form an animosity at one point. Will they make up? If this film doesn't make you feel like you're on a deserted island, in the middle of a heat wave and jumping in the ocean, even when you're in deep-freeze winter days when watching this, nothing will. A more romantic, exotic, and soothing film experience you will not find.
A must-see film for Esther Williams fans! The most minor of Arthur Freed's minor MGM musicals, and one suspects he took it on because it showcased his rather pedestrian lyrics. It's a Tahitian treat, by present-day standards astonishingly racist, with the happy, stupid natives bowing and doing the bidding of Howard Keel, an Ohio teacher who has inherited a dilapidated tropical estate, and Esther Williams, who keeps saying she's through-and-through Tahitian and has dusky makeup to back it up, but comes equipped with a Nebraska accent and seems incapable of playing anything but American.
About the most dramatic thing that happens is it rains, and Keel and Williams squabble and make up, while a very young Rita Moreno schemes to get them back together. This is too chintzy for me. Spare me! Anyway, Billy Ward teaches his girl in a ukulele-boosted, rather minimal arrangement.
A piano is included, the strings are thinned out in this upper midtempo critter and surprise with a sugar-sweet pizzicato dessert, but that is about it. Pagan Love Song is an exotic Pop album whose big budget is audible throughout each composition. And with that previous sentence, I have already implicitly mentioned the glaring flaw, the only stale aftertaste found on this album, even though it is only of importance to diehard fans of Billy Ward, I presume: the addition of one too many leads.
Yes indeed, the more vocals and singers a vintage album features, the higher its budget is, and the better it can take a stand against the Easy Listening competition and all the hastily produced patchwork records of Hapa Haole tunes, played by session musicians in one single take in order to make room for the next LP to be recorded.
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Don't keep it to yourself! Add it Here. Create a new account. Log In. Watch the song video Pagan Love Song. The Beer Barrel Polka.Pagan Love Song is a American romantic musical film released by MGM and starring Esther Williams and Howard Keel. Set in Tahiti, it was based on the novel Tahiti Landfall by William S. Stone. Plot. Mimi Bennett lives with her wealthy aunt Kate on the South Pacific isle of.