Cast & Crew
On the island of Totoya in the Fiji archipelago, Korean War veteran Bill Harrigan supplies himself with whiskey by selling his boat, piece by piece. One day Anahita, a Samoan girl, is washed ashore, fleeing from Yawata, a Malayan nightclub owner who later arrives to reclaim Anahita as his slave. She stabs him and escapes with Bill to Manua, the island of her birth. En route she warns him that she is considered tabu there because of her refusal to marry Taaroa, a young man chosen for her by the high priests. Meanwhile, the wounded Yawata has instructed his men to inform the police that he was murdered by Bill and Anahita. Bill eventually is arrested, but his friends trick the authorities into sailing in the wrong direction, where they encounter Yawata returning for Anahita. In the ensuing fight between Bill and Yawata, the latter is killed by a shipboard explosion. Bill is free to begin a new life with Anahita.
Fernando Sánchez Polack
Gregorio García Segura
L. M. Films
Antonio López Moreno
José López Moreno
Sidney W. Pink
Sidney Pink (1916-2002)
Born in Pittsburgh in 1916, Pink graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He began his film career as a projectionist in a theater owned by his wife's family. Moving to Hollywood in 1937, Pink was hired as production budget manager for Grand National Pictures, where he worked on the Tex Ritter musical western series. He later moved to Columbia and worked as a budget manager on Lost Horizon (1937) and many small scale westerns. After a disagreement with Columbia studio mogul Harry Cohn, Pink returned to the theater side of the business as the owner of a circuit of theaters in Los Angeles where he imported foreign films.
He soon hooked up with Arch Oboler for the production of two films, Five (1951), an offbeat feature about five survivors of a nuclear war and the irredeemably strange The Twonky (1953) about a professor (Hans Conreid) whose TV set becomes possessed by a spirit of the future and takes over his household.
Pink and Oboler would strike gold with their third film, the first full-length 3-D picture, Bwana Devil (1953). With television' popularity on the rise, a movie gimmick that advertised "A lion in your lap" or "A lover in your arms!" were promotional tag lines that came on like a carnival barker in a sideshow. The story about British railway workers in Kenya falling prey to two man-eating lions, and a head engineer (Robert Stack) bent on killing the lions before they feast on his entire crew might have been routine; but the movie, which required audience members to wear cardboard 3-D glasses as lions were jumping into your laps, spears were flying and people were coming toward you in hordes was a real hot ticket. The process, which was shot in Hollywood with two enormous cameras with polarized lenses, one for the left eye and one for the right, proved to be a surprising hit; enough so that Jack Warner came out with his own 3-D production at Warner Bros. with House of Wax (1953) starring Vincent Price and dozens of 3-D films followed in the ensuing decades.
After the success of his sci-fi cult hit The Angry Red Planet (1959), Pink found himself in a quandary. By the 1960s, Hollywood was having union problems, making it difficult for an independent producer like Sid Pink to be hired by the studios. Ever resourceful, he relocated to Denmark to produce and direct Reptilicus (1962 about a pre-historic monster that comes back to life and terrorizes Copenhagen! It may have not been high art, but it proved to be popular fare at drive-ins and its success allowed Pink to pursue film production in Europe throughout the remainder of the 1960s, including one of the earliest spaghetti westerns, Finger on the Trigger (1965) starring Rory Calhoun. Pink had one more fascinating footnote to fame when he discovered Dustin Hoffman in an off-Broadway production and cast him in Madigan's Millions (1967) as a U.S. Treasury agent sent to Italy to recover money that had been stolen by a murdered gangster (Cesar Romero). Pink soon retired from the film industry and eventually returned to the United States in the mid-1970s where he settled in Florida. He is survived by his wife, Marion, his son, Philip, a daughter, Helene Desloge and four grandchildren.
by Michael T. Toole
Sidney Pink (1916-2002)
Location scenes filmed in Spain; working title: Tabú (fugitivos de los mares del sur). Opened in Madrid in September 1966 as Tabú (fugitivos de las islas del sur); running time: 108 min; released in Italy in 1968 as La vergine di Samoa. The following are credited in the United States under their anglicized names: Francisco Morán (Frank Moran), Franco Fantasia (Frank Fantasia), and Pietro Ceccarelli (Chick Cicarelli).