High Barbaree

During WW II Johnson's plane is shot down and lands in the Pacific. He tries to steer the drifting aircraft to the mythical island of the title, having learned of the place through his grandfather's stories. As a means of surviving, he tells his life story to his injured seamate Cameron Mitchell. In a flashback we see his youth, his romances with Allyson,...read more

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During WW II Johnson's plane is shot down and lands in the Pacific. He tries to steer the drifting aircraft to the mythical island of the title, having learned of the place through his grandfather's stories. As a means of surviving, he tells his life story to his injured seamate Cameron

Mitchell. In a flashback we see his youth, his romances with Allyson, then Maxwell, and then Allyson again, and his naval enlistment. We find out that the hopeful Allyson has had her father organize a search party, which eventually locates the nearly dead Johnson. Unluckily for Mitchell, he dies

only after having had to listen to all Johnson's ponderous reminiscences. Everything that occurs in the film's 91 minutes is totally uncinematic, and seemingly a recitation of the novel on which it is based. Johnson and Allyson, however, were unduly criticized for performances that, given the

unsalvageable script, the most brilliant of thespians couldn't pull off.

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