The Tuttles of Tahiti

The Tuttles of Tahiti

Charles Vidor (1942)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


A merchant sailor returns home to Tahiti to his family, who lead a ramshackle existence under the leadership of his workshy uncle. When the lazy patriarch loses everything by betting on a cockfight, the seaman must save his family from bankruptcy and prove he is responsible enough to win the hand of a businesswoman's daughter. Comedy, starring Charles Laughton, Jon Hall and Peggy Drake.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Charles Vidor
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd