South Pacific

Trivia: Director Joshua Logan originally wanted Elizabeth Taylor to play Nellie.

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Trivia: During production, a typhoon struck the island where this movie was being filmed. Afterward, palm trees that had been knocked down by the storm had to be put back together by the film crew.

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Trivia: The song "My Girl Back Home" was cut from the stage version of "South Pacific" just after it opened, but reinstated in the movie. Another outtake from the stage musical, "The Loneliness of Evening," was used (orchestral only) in the movie as background music for the scene in which Nellie reads the letter from Emile (the text of which is a portion of the lyrics of the song). Rodgers and Hammerstein later reused the song in "Cinderella."

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Trivia: At the beginning of the movie, the Catalina pilot Buzz Adams, is none other than Tom Laughlin, better known as "Billy Jack".

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Trivia: A soft shoe shuffle, performed at the Thanksgiving show, by Nellie (Mitzi Gaynor) called "Suddenly Lucky", was deleted from the original show, due to running time. The song was rewritten and reused in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" as "Getting To Know You".

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In the opening scene on the airplane, one of the men tells Lt. Cable, "The captain wants to know if you'd like to sit up in the cockpit with him?" Buzz Adams, the "captain" referenced in this line, is only a lieutenant. Admittedly, "captain" is a standard aviation term for the pilot of an aircraft, but it would be unlikely to be used in this situation, since the term has a specific military meaning.

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