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Down Among The Sheltering Palms (1952)
Starring William Lundigan and Jane Greer

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
This colorful musical comedy was obviously inspired by the success of Broadway's South Pacific. Army Captain Bill Willoby (William Lundigan) is ordered to make sure that his men do not fraternize with the girls at a South Sea island base. His mission is forgotten when he himself falls in love with Diana Forrester (Jane Greer), the daughter of a local missionary. The fun begins when a native girl (Mitzi Gaynor) is offered to the captain as a goodwill gift by island chieftain Jilouili(!) Naturally, there's a major breakdown in protocol, quite similar to the one found in John Patrick's 1954 Broadway hit Teahouse of the August Moon. Featured in the cast as a woman-hungry lieutenant is Jack Paar, which is why this film got so much TV play in the 1960s. The songs in Down Among the Sheltering Palms were written by Harold Arlen and Ralph Blane.
Director: Edmund Goulding
Writers: Edward Hope, Claude Binyon, Albert E Lewin, Burt Styler

Stars: William Lundigan, Jane Greer, Mitzi Gaynor, David Wayne, Gloria DeHaven, Gene Lockhart, Jack Paar, Alvin Greenman, Billy Gilbert, Henry Kulky, Bob Crosby, Lee Marvin, George Nader
Songs include:

Written by James Brockman
Sung by chorus; reprised by Gloria DeHaven

Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics Ralph Blane
Sung by chorus

Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics Ralph Blane
Sung by Jane Greer

I'm a Ruler of a South Sea Island
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Performed by William Lundigan (dubbed by Bill Lee) and David Wayne

Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics Ralph Blane
Sung by chorus

Written by Ken Darby
Sung by chorus
Danced by Mitzi Gaynor

Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics Ralph Blane
Sung by Mitzi Gaynor

Written by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks
Sung by Gloria DeHaven

Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics Ralph Blane
Full rendition cut; briefly "reprised" at end by Gloria DeHaven

Filmed between February 19 and mid-March 1951, with additional scenes shot in April and October, this movie was held back until its wide release on March 1, 1953.
June Haver turned down the part of Diana Forrester.
It's got three of the loveliest ladies working in movies at the time, and you get to see them in Technicolor! While it would have been nice to have a few more musical numbers for these talented women to sing, there are some good musical moments. Gloria DeHaven has a rendition of "All Of Me" that steams up the screen as much as anything Marilyn Monroe ever did, without being over the top. The title song only gets a brief treatment that makes you wonder why they didn't feature it as a full number. There are some funny scenes as the captain tries uncomfortably to avoid entanglements with these lovely ladies. The movie would have benefited from more location shooting to make the tropical island atmosphere more realistic, but they probably had a pretty limited budget. If you enjoy lighthearted musicals and service comedies, give this one a chance.
World War II is coming to an end, but rather than being sent home, Capt. Bill Willoby and Lt. Frank Schmidt, along with their unit, are assigned to Midi Island, formerly held by the Japanese. They receive a friendly welcome there from King Jilouili and many native girls.
Willoby declares fraternization with the natives off-limits, which becomes awkward when the King presents him with beautiful Rozouila as a token of his appreciation. Rozouila is to be the captain's wife.
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