ByMichael Laskaris, writer at
Brooklyn-based yoga practitioner, writer/editor and self-educated film buff.
Michael Laskaris


Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr star in John Huston’s underrated Technicolor melodrama. Somewhere in the South Pacific, a shipwrecked US Marine Corporal (Mitchum) washes ashore onto a seemingly deserted island. There, he discovers a novice missionary nun (Kerr), and a mutual affection blossoms whilst they search for food, shelter, and help. Filmed in Trinidad and Tobago, the rich colors and Huston’s adept direction compensate for the stereotypically fragile depiction of Kerr’s character (hey, it was the 50s…). It’s wonderfully restrained, and the best part is, Mitchum and Kerr never kiss once.


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