Tired Old Queen At The Movies #134

Clip recap:

In glorious Technicolor, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic SOUTH PACIFIC comes to vivid life under the direction of Joshua Logan. Shot on location with a cast headed by Mitzi Gaynor, Rosanno Brazzi, John Kerr, Ray Walston and Juanita Hall re-creating her legendary Broadway role as Bloody Mary, it is as romantic, erotic and sumptuous a musical as Hollywood ever brought to the screen.

  • JT

    Maybe the Samoans will opt out.

  • Joe in PA

    come for the music, stay for the eye candy….

    • popebuck1

      Good old Josh Logan. You could always count on him to add gratuitous beefcake to any property. The Joel Schumacher of his day.

    • MarkOH

      My fav

      • Joe in PA

        mmmm

  • JT

    Little Rock may have changed since this film, but the rest of Arkansas is still stuck in the past.

  • JT
    • John P.

      This is a sweet & funny film. See it if you haven’t.

  • Gene

    the song….you’ve got to be taught to hate…thats in this film, isn’t it? A gem…and so, so ahead of its time.

    • John P.

      Yes, it is. Sad that it was written in 1949 and still holds true today. Some things never change.

      • JoyZeeBoy

        There’s an old kinescope (a b&w film of a tv presentation, from pre-videotape days) floating around of an interview with Oscar Hammerstein in which he talks about the amount of flack he and Richard Rogers got for insisting on leaving the song in the show. A lot of so-called “enlightened” eastern establishment types took strong offense to the portrayal, not of the blatant racism in the show’s book, but at the song and it’s searing and insightful dissection of how bigotry gets passed on, even by Philadelphian Mainline people like them, to their children and grandchildren.

        • John P.

          I heard that too, but they refused to cut it. The show went on to be a hit nonetheless.

  • tomfromthenews

    I always wondered if other gay men looked at this film the same way I did. Thanks, Steve!

    • Mike__in_Houston

      It’s really my favorite R&H musical, although I’m looking forward to seeing Carousel at Houston Grand Opera next spring (I’m going to be in Chicago toward the end of May next year for a few days but I won’t get there in time to make it to Lyric Opera of Chicago for The King and I, which really bowled me over on Broadway a couple of months ago).

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen the film of South Pacific; even if I had seen it when I was much younger, I suspect I would remember it. I’ve seen the promo for it and I had a feeling I wasn’t the only one who saw those guys that way. My favorite is not Ken Clark, however; it’s that guy who is walking across the screen slightly left of center at 2:46-2:48.

      Some say that the movie itself isn’t supposed to be all that great in terms of representing the musical; and there are others who swear by it. But who cares with all of that beefcake. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks, Mr. Hayes!

      • cheakamus

        I saw it as a child (with my parents) and have not seen it since. Not until now did I realize how much it must have affected me — I know all the songs (my parents had a collection of “greatest hits” records of all the then-current musicals, sold by, I think, Safeway), and it remains my favorite musical of all time. I just googled “Ken Clark,” and OMG, I’m in love (yes, I know, he died in 2009, in Rome, a city I visit every year — I wonder if he’s buried in the Protestant cemetery there?)

  • Mickey Squires

    as a young boy growing up i LOVED South Pacific and of course came to know all the lyrics and as i grew older i too focused on all the hot sailors…lol…thank you JOSH LOGAN…:)

  • Larry in Oklahoma

    This is my all-time favorite movie. It’s just one of those feel-good movies. The filters are a little annoying but their use is also unusual. This movie entertains me, calms me and puts everything into perspective.

  • KQCA

    I’m not one to go out to see a movie but i GREATLY enjoy watching these “Tired Old Queen At The Movies” segments. The host’s enthusiasm is contagious and I find him very entertaining.

    • hudson11

      I found myself sitting through a whole whack of his clips. Great stuff. I especially enjoyed his reviews of Sunset Boulevard and The Haunting

      • KQCA

        i hear ya. He’s entertaining.

  • octobercountry

    I always wondered just what the deal was with Stewpot, with his crop-top and bulge (see below)…. Hmmm… I love the music for the film—grew up listening to the soundtrack LP—and who doesn’t appreciate a lot of half-naked sex-starved sailors? But the intrusive use of colour filters totally destroyed the film, visually, in my opinion. That was a horribly misguided decision, and I really do think it ruins the picture.

    • GeoffreyPS

      Stew Pot made me tingly. Same way I felt when watching Frankincense in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (my favorite musical).

    • SLK in SF

      Totally with you on the color filters. It’s like director Josh Logan was trying WAY too hard to be “innovative” or, more bluntly, artsy-fartsy.

    • MarkOH

      The guy who sang for Stew pot was none other than Thurl Ravenscroft, singing voice of the Grinch.

      • Emma Duncan

        he also provided Tony the tiger’s “They’re Grrrreat!!”

    • DonnaLee

      I remember when men could wear that and be straight.

    • Piet

      I always thought it was just a bad print of the film. Now that I know it was an ‘artistic’ decision, I’m really shocked. I found/find them distracting and annoying; they certainly don’t enhance the mood of the scenes where he used them, at least not for me.

  • these are the ones i can’t do. if i want to watch two guys kissing and fucking, i’ll do it in a more modern form. i don’t mind stuff like this film is cult/classic/whatever. but it’s just annoying and boring to someone like me.

    there are classic/cult musicals i like, just to be clear. this just isn’t one of them.

  • DonnaLee

    Love his laugh!

  • matt n

    that was grand, steve. one of your best.