Call of the South Seas


59m 1944

Film Details

Also Known As
South Sea Quest
Release Date
Jul 7, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,320ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

FBI agent Kendall Gaige arrives on a small South Sea island and establishes an undercover identity as a drunken beachcomber wanted in the U.S. for embezzlement. He comes to the attention of Steve Landrau, an American businessman who runs most of the island's industries with his cohorts, Judge Fator, Handsome and Bailey. Landrau is also aided by native princess Tahia, who does not know that Landrau is a wanted criminal. One day, Gaige is brought to Landrau's house, where Landrau offers him a job. Bailey is suspicious and jealous, as he fears that Landrau intends to replace him with Gaige. Gaige is then introduced to Tahia, who honestly believes that Landrau is trying to help her people. Gaige is aware that Landrau is actually making a huge profit off the natives' labor and tries to angle some land deals to be more favorable to the natives. Tahia, who was educated in Paris, is attracted to Gaige and imagines he is a knight who has come to marry her. Gaige shares Tahia's affections but must concentrate on keeping up his front with Landrau while trying to obtain evidence against him. Joining Gaige on the island is fellow FBI agent Paul Russell, who strengthens Gaige's cover by demanding that local police commissioner Charcot turn Gaige over for arrest. Charcot refuses, as Russell does not have the proper extradition papers. Gaige meets secretly with Russell and gives him a glass bearing Landrau's fingerprints, with which they hope to obtain extradition papers. As Gaige and Russell wait for the documentation, Tahia, believing that she is protecting Gaige, cooperates with Landrau's plan to drive Russell insane by ordering the natives to ignore him and prevent him from sleeping by constantly playing their drums. The drunken and desperate Russell is then taken to Tahia's house, where he is further aggravated by Tahia's flirtatious and then hostile demeanor. One night, Gaige sneaks out to Russell's room in the local bar and cautions him to stick to business. Unknown to the agents, Gaige is being followed by Bailey, but the two men eventually succeed in capturing him. The next day, the boat with the extradition papers for Landrau arrives, but while Gaige is presenting them to Charcot, Landrau and Handsome rescue Bailey and kill Russell. Gaige and Charcot then pursue Landrau and his men, who are attempting to escape in a speedboat to another island. An underwater volcano blows up Landrau's boat, however, and the three men are killed. Later, Tahia watches as Gaige sails back home, and tells her friend Aritana that she knows he will return to her someday and that they will live happily ever after.

Film Details

Also Known As
South Sea Quest
Release Date
Jul 7, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,320ft (6 reels)

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Notes

The working title of this film was South Sea Quest. Actress Nina Campana's name was incorrectly spelled "Nena" in the onscreen credits.