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South Pacific (1958) was a Musical - Romance Film directed by Joshua Logan and produced by Buddy Adler and George P. Skouras.

Academy Awards 1958 --- Ceremony Number 31 (source: AMPAS)

Best CinematographyLeon ShamroyNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlfred Newman, Ken DarbyNominated

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Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: South Pacific” (60th Anniversary) (Giveaway runs through August 11)

By Annmarie Gatti on Jul 20, 2018 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Win tickets to see “South Pacific” on the big screen!? In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sun Aug 26 and Wed Aug 29! “When all you care about is here, this is a good place to be.” CMH continues into our?3rd year of our partnership with Fathom Events?- with the?9th?of our 13 movie t... Read full article

Musical Monday: South Pacific (1958)

on May 28, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: “South Pacific” ... Read full article

South Pacific (1958)

By Beatrice on Oct 5, 2016 From Flickers in Time

South Pacific Directed by Joshua Logan Written by Paul Osborn based on the play by Oscar Hammerstein III and the novel by James Michener 1958/USA Magna Carta Theatre Corporation/South Pacific Enterprises/Rodgers & Hammerstein Productions/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Repeat viewing/A... Read full article

Rodgers and Hammerstein Blu-ray Collection: South Pacific (1958)

on May 27, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

You know you’re in for a wild ride when you decide to listen to the audio commentary about a movie to hear nothing but rationalizations and acknowledgments of the film’s flaws for near-three hours. ?I’ll discuss the bonus content when I present my final wrap-up of the box set, but ... Read full article

France Nuyen and Mitzi Gaynor at the Screening of South Pacific (1958)

By Raquel Stecher on May 13, 2013 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

My photo On Thursday April 25th, 2013, I attended a special screening of South Pacific (1958) at the pool of the historial Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. It began right after the opening night party and I got to hang out with Jessica of Comet Over Hollywood and Kaci. There were drinks and hors d'o... Read full article

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Nellie: (singing) If a man don't understand you / If you fly on separate beams / Waste no time, make a change / Ride that man right off your range. / Rub him out of the roll call /And drum him out of your dreams!

Emile de Becque: When all you care about is here, this is a good place to be.

Nellie: (singing) I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair / I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair / I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair / And send him on his way.

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Facts about

According to some sources,Mary Martin did not play Nellie Forbush in the movie because Ezio Pinza, who had portrayed Emile de Becque on the stage, had already died and the producers considered it to be a hopeless task to find anybody who could match her in the movie. Other sources say that, at 45 years of age, Martin was too old for the role by the time the film was made. Mitzi Gaynor was eventually cast in the role.
Two numbers are strung together at the end of the soundtrack album. The Act I Finale is spliced onto the final reprise of "Dites Moi", so that this final track would be longer and the album would end triumphantly with Emile and Nellie reprising "Some Enchanted Evening". This was also done on the 1949 original Broadway cast album. Both the show and the film end with the reprise of "dites Moi", but no singing afterwards, just the orchestral playing.
Concerned that the film's lush tropical settings would appear unnatural in Technicolor, and partially to cover up the fluctuations in weather during the shoot, director Joshua Logan hoped to soften the effect by filming several scenes through the newly available colored filters. He later indicated he considered this to be the biggest mistake he had made in his filming career. He wanted the filters to be subtler, but he says that the film processing lab had made them more extreme than he liked. There was no time to re-shoot without them or replace them because the film was a roadshow and tickets had been booked months in advance.
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