The Tuttles of Tahiti

  • U
  • Charles Vidor (1942)
  • US
  • 91 min
The Tuttles of Tahiti
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This South Seas island comedy is based on a novel by the authors of Mutiny on the Bounty, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. Charles Laughton's performance here is far removed from his memorable Captain Bligh, but he evidently has fun as the idler who engages in a verbal battle with the formidable Florence Bates, while Bates's daughter Peggy Drake makes eyes at Laughton's son, the hunky Jon Hall. This mindless nonsense is skilfully handled by director Charles Vidor, and the literate screenplay - co-written by James Hilton, author of Lost Horizon - makes it eminently watchable.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Charles Laughton. Patriarch Jonas Tuttle maintains an easy-going lifestyle on a South Seas island, despite mounting debts. But his carefree existence is threatened when his son falls for a neighbour's daughter, whose formidable mother doesn't approve of Jonas's laid-back attitude.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jonas
Charles Laughton
Chester
Jon Hall
Tamara
Peggy Drake
Dr Blondin
Victor Francen
Emily
Florence Bates
Ru
Gene Reynolds
Jensen
Curt Bois
Mama Ruau
Adeline De Walt Reynolds
Nat
Mala
Fana
Leonard Sues
Effie
Jody Gilbert
Riki
Tommy Cook
Rapoti
Jack Carr
Manu
Jimmy Ames
Paki
Ernie Adams
Tupa
Jim Spencer
Hio
Alma Ross
Ala
Teddy Infuhr

Crew

Director
Charles Vidor

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Categories
Comedy