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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2013-03-29 09:25 am   Permalink

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On 2013-02-27 18:23, creativenative wrote:
What a point Big Bro, If a lot of Poly Pop was created by fond memories of the war but thousands of US troops died on these islands what kind of fond memories were they? I can only think of those Hawaii stops (and training) for almost all US troops coming in and out of the Pacific theater. After Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was relatively a safe heaven. Those Honolulu tropical bars and whorehouses were packed. Anyway maybe that is why Poly Pop is full of dark bars, alcohol and mellow music. One vet can escape the negative of the War and remember only the good, even though the good was a short period of their time in the South Seas.

In film, in the next 20 or so years after WWII we had the action patriotic war pictures, the comedies, than the serious (and at times not so patriotic realistic) heavy dramas. I guess it is a matter of the times and what the public is ready to watch on screen. Now WWII movies are in full realistic gore.

An earlier subject, Sven here is what I was thinking about in an old French press book of HULA:


Yeah, like what theater owner or manager would build this today.
Your example is way more cool, on a trailer AND with a tiki no less.




It also could be that for a lot of former soldiers and sailors, you end up looking back at the places you went and things you saw with fondness, despite the fact that when you were there...it wasn;t always so fun. I know that is the case with me...looking back, they were the best years of my life but while I was there I was looking forward to getting out.

Creanative, you mention the bars in honolulu....I wish someone would do a thread about them with historic photos and info....me and my pirate buddies were regulars at places like "the harbor lounge" and other dirty, nasty places on Hotel Street....places that were old, dark and full of whores but for me the allure was that most still had the original WW2 era jukeboxes with Glen Miller and Dorsey brothers....no one ever played them, of course. But I was there.

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khan_tiki_mon
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Posted: 2013-03-29 2:11 pm   Permalink

I love the South Seas Cinema website. What an incredible amount of information there. I have a very modest collection of South Seas Cinema. I have films (DVD and VHS), posters, lobby cards, and publicity stills. Here’s a sample:

Original movie poster from “On The Isle of Samoa” framed and displayed in my Tiki lounge. 1950 film starring Jon Hall.


Original lobby card for “Aloma of the South Seas” unframed.


Original Mexican lobby card for “Kon Tiki” unframed.


Original lobby card for “Gidget”. Framed and on display in my Tiki lounge. I know you don’t have this movie listed on the site and I’m not saying it should be – no part of it takes place in the South Seas. You have “Gidget Goes Hawaiian” listed no argument there. I find the first “Gidget” film utterly fascinating for the cultural impact that it had. Surfing is Hawaiian and Duke Kahanamoku is unquestionably the father of modern surfing. But, when the movie “Gidget” was released there were about 5,000 people surfing in California. After the movie, that included Cliff Robertson’s portrayal of the ‘Kahuna’, there were 2 to 3 million surfers in California in just three years’ time. More than one source credits “Gidget” with jump starting the popularity of surfing in the U.S. and giving birth to the ‘surf’ culture there.


I just got a DVD copy of the movie “Hurricane”. This is the 1979 Dino DeLaurentiis version. I was in college when the film was released and saw it opening weekend at the theater with a date. I believe the movie was a critical and commercial failure but I have fond memories of that evening so many years ago. Probably the best thing to come from the movie was the hotels that Dino DeLaurentiis built to house the cast and crew during the filming. It’s interesting hearing his granddaughter Giada, on her cooking show, talk about the times she spent as a little girl at those hotels.
I am going to send an e-mail about becoming a member of the South Seas Cinema website. I have my own website where I have been cataloging my collections. I haven’t gotten around to any of the film stuff yet but I have only been working on the site for six years now (ha ha). If you are interested you can check out the site here:
http://mysite.verizon.net/vzep0565/index.html
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creativenative
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Posted: 2013-04-01 03:57 am   Permalink

Thanks for the responses and comments.

To Bigbro: more to come in the future.

To Lucas Vigor: Nice comments. Good to hear from a guy who lived the history. Sorry though, I couldn't to a thread on bars I don't know enough about them. I do remember filming in some old Chinatown bars in the 80s some are still around but I don't think they are intact in the interiors. But you are right they were "dirty & nasty".

To khan tiki mon: Love your love for the genre. See some good picts in your post. Love your SOUTH OF SAMOA insert poster, reminds me of one of my favorites the 3-sheet SOUTH OF SAMOA which is almost like yours but BIGGER. I think framed inserts and lobby card posters are better for home tiki lounges though, because 3-sheets and larger are too big, they'll take a whole wall. Perusing through a bunch of smaller tiki collectibles are more in the spirit of a true tiki room.

Also love your Mexican KON TIKI lobby card, the graphics are nice, especially the tiki idol and hula dancer images. You are correct on GIDGET on all aspects. This first GIDGET movie is set in So Cal so it is not a true South Seas Cinema film BUT it is what we call a Polynesian Pop Picture because it is set outside the Pacific Ocean with Polynesian influences which are many in a "Beach" movie such as this. You are right it is a good movie with the prospective that it has the stereotypical Hawaiian surfing, aloha shirts, tikis and of course the "big Kahuna". There will be in the future website a page for Polynesian Pop Pictures, may I say the offspring of South Seas Cinema. GIDGET will definitely be among that list. Maybe combining the two production categories one could call it Tiki Theater.

Anyway PM me about becoming a member, it will be faster.

Thanks

P.S. I also love the fact that were discussing South Seas & Poly Pop movie ephemera here on this thread. The genre and website is also about the images the studios pumped out for promotions or publicity. You TCers like khan share you Tiki Theater collectible images here.








 
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Wichita Lime Man
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Posted: 2013-04-01 08:39 am   Permalink

Tomorrow (Tuesday April 2) at 6AM EDT, TCM will be showing "White Shadows in the South Seas" (1928) which is listed on the South Seas Cinema website on this page. Here's the synopsis from the TCM website:
Quote:
An alcoholic doctor runs off to Tahiti, where he finds love with a native girl.


and here's the Leonard Maltin review:
Quote:
D: W. S. Van Dyke. Monte Blue, Raquel Torres, Robert Anderson. MGM's first sound film features stunning, Oscar-winning cinematography of the Marquesas Islands (now French Polynesia) welded to a story about the corrupting influence of Western civilization, with Blue as an alcoholic doctor who falls in love with native Torres and clashes with exploitative trader Anderson. Portions of the beautiful, documentary-style footage were shot under the supervision of Robert Flaherty, who fought with the studio over its emphasis on a melodramatic plot and left the production.


Those interested may want to set their DVRs (I have).


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creativenative
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Posted: 2013-04-04 3:04 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the info. WLM and welcome aboard Tiki Central and South Seas Cinema websites. I always felt the most proper way to "surf" the net is to surf Polynesia websites since surfing came from Polynesia . Wikipedia is also ok to surf since wiki is a Polynesian word .

Also posting to announce that the southseascinema.org has just finished updating. BUT, always a "but", because the research is never ending there is more. The last few years our research for South Sea-Tiki titles was slowing to a slow creep. Were we finally finishing up this grand assignment? Did we find everything there is to find on productions set in or influenced by Oceania? NOT! Last night we found 3 new shows alone. The three are: TWO-MAN SUBMARINE (1944) COLUMBIA Stars Tom Neal & Ann Savage a “who done it” WWII “B” movie involving a scientist, a shipwrecked surviving sailor, a two-man Japanese submarine off shore with Nazis inside and three natives on a South Seas island. The next two new finds are Poly Pop Pictures (which are not listed yet in the website but are added to our master research list)but for your edification they are; ST. LOUIS BLUES (1939) PARAMOUNT Broadway star who is tired of being stereotyped in South Seas plays runs off to disappear in a small Mississippi town. Guess who’s the star? There she meets and befriends un unsuccessful Riverboat owner. Together they put together a new show for the boat. One still has their dancers rehearsing a hula while you guessed it, Dorothy Lamour sits and watches in her sarong. And BACKDOOR FOLLIES (1948) RKO Short 19 mins. Stars Leon Errol who's wife calls the cops on neighbors club because of suspected strip teasing. Neighbor club owner sends one the girls over to convince Errol to cool his wife down. Lobby card has the dancers in hula outfits.

Also last night a key Society member found this on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXQTNDIVLRo Entitled partly "Bizarre" which is correct but the reference of the movie which the clip came from was missing so after a email conference with some of the Society members we found that it was from a bizarre movie called DOWN TO THE LAST YACHT (1934) RKO although we knew this movie existed and it was criticized as a very bad movie none of us has ever seen it or any part of it till now. The critics were right. One of the worst in South Seas Cinema. But thank God for the net and sites like YouTube (until a clip gets pulled) and sites like TC & SSC.org! Long live tiki especially on the net! P.S. Now-a-days most of our images that we post or buy also comes from the net.

Ephemera on TWO-MAN SUBMARINE which help to confirm the production's existence.


Here's the production still from ST. LOUIS BLUES:


and a poster from BACKDOOR FOLLIES:


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creativenative
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Posted: 2013-04-21 07:22 am   Permalink

Caught this the other night on the tube, a rerun from Season 7 of KING OF THE HILL which originally aired in 2002. Titled: Get Your Freak Off where Hank doesn't like Bobby's new girl friends parents who are too liberal and progressive for him but wife Peggy loves it. Here are a couple screen captures of these this liberal parents home with their progressive tiki paintings on the wall.




These images will be added to the TOONS section of the IMAGES page of southseascinema.org shortly along with a couple shots from THE CRITIC. Thanks Grog and King Bushwich for you assistance in finding some of the newer shows from which we captured these newer images

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-04-21 08:53 am   Permalink

The first frame Tiki is copied from an Armet & Davis blue print in the BOT, the second from two Shag paintings

 
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creativenative
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Posted: 2013-04-21 2:12 pm   Permalink

Good info Bigbro. I was wondering about the artist style of these paintings, they were much too different and more sophisticated then the style of the animator of KING OF THE HILL so I was thinking he or she may have "borrowed" the style from someone else. Thanks for clearing that up Sven. At least on TC artist can get the credit when credit (even partial credit) is due.

 
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creativenative
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Posted: 2013-05-22 10:50 pm   Permalink

Here is a still from DeSoto Brown's "SSC Items of the Week" which has been only distributed to a small list of South Seas Cinema Society members via email but will now be distributed to all members and highlight images will be also shown here.

Production still of Anita Hall & tiki from SOUTH PACIFIC:


Also a mention in the 2012 Australian book: "Hollywood's South Seas & the Pacific War: Searching for Dorothy Lamour". See cover and page below with the South Seas Cinema Society mention of a Dorothy Lamour tribute but coincidentally we will have a Lamour Tribute this Saturday in Honolulu.

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Couple special shorts will be shown at this Tribute about Dorothy along with her feature HER JUNGLE LOVE. These special shorts will shortly be released on YouTube and I'll let everyone know here when and what titles to look up. Too bad no direct video images on TC yet but I'll put the YouTube links here. Mahalo

P.S. I ordered this book by Sean Brawley & Chris Dixon on the net and should be getting it shortly. Should be an interesting read and may give us more insights on what the WWII Pacific soldiers experienced for real as compared to their Hollywood's expectations. I'll write a review here on TC soon.
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creativenative
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Posted: 2013-05-22 11:06 pm   Permalink

Hey doesn't that tiki on the SOUTH PACIFIC production still above look like the tiki on the first image on this thread, movie poster of BIRD OF PARADISE. No web pun intended.
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TikiTacky
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Posted: 2013-05-23 07:57 am   Permalink

Here's a fun bit of trivia for your site: The 1932 RKO flick Bird of Paradise has Sam Kamaka Jr. and Fred Kamaka Sr. in it playing local boys. The Kamakas are from the famous Kamaka ukulele family. I found this bit of info on the Kamaka ukulele website.

Bird of Paradise is also apparently available for legal download at the Internet Archive.


 
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creativenative
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Posted: 2013-06-03 12:18 am   Permalink

Thanks for the great info. TikiTacky. The real challenge is finding a good copy of the 1951 FOX version of BIRD OF PARADISE. Don't know why they won't release it unless it's tangled in a legal web.

As promised here's two YouTube links to the Dorothy Lamour shorts that were shown at our last South Seas Cinema Society meeting:
http://youtu.be/u0x8CCi36u4 & http://youtu.be/a6GcfBoSsYo
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creativenative
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Posted: 2013-07-30 01:39 am   Permalink

Just finished another update. All pages have add'l titles or added information for older show titles. There is more foreign posters at the bottom of the IMAGE page and more TOON images at the bottom of the IMAGE TOON page. Samples below:

Mandark of Dexter's Laboratory with tiki surfboard:


Tiki in Lost Paradise Spanish poster:


 
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TheBigT
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Posted: 2013-07-31 09:02 am   Permalink

I lucked onto this poster for the Spanish version of Pearl of the South Pacific a few years ago:



From the South Seas Cinema website:

PEARL OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC (1955) RKO Virginia Mayo stars in sarong and in murder plot of treasure of black pearls guarded by giant octopus. Tikis, canoes, sarongs, luau, native dancing and Al Kikume as a spear chucking extra – all the ingredients of a good South Seas flick. What more can one ask for?


 
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creativenative
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Posted: 2013-08-01 12:28 pm   Permalink

Nice. Never seen these. Sexy legs. Thanks for sharing, BigT.

 
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