The Blue Lagoon (1949 film)

The Blue Lagoon

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Directed byFrank Launder
Produced bySydney Gilliat
Frank Launder
Written byNovel:
Henry De Vere Stacpoole
Screenplay:
John Baines
Michael Hogan
Frank Launder
StarringJean Simmons
Donald Houston
Noel Purcell
James Hayter
Cyril Cusack
Music byClifton Parker
CinematographyGeoffrey Unsworth
Editing byThelma Connell
Distributed byGFD (UK)
Universal Pictures (USA)
Release date(s)October 1, 1949 (USA)
Running time101 min.
Country United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
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The Blue Lagoon is a 1949 British romance and adventure film produced and directed by Frank Launder, starring Jean Simmons and Donald Houston. The screenplay was adapted by John Baines, Michael Hogan and Frank Launder from the novel The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole. The original music score was composed by Clifton Parker and the cinematography was by Geoffrey Unsworth.

The film tells the story of two young children shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. Emotional feelings and physical changes arise as they grow to maturity and fall in love. The film has major thematic similarities to the Bibilical story of Adam and Eve.

Background and production

  • The film was a remake of a black and white silent film shot in the UK in 1923, not long after the publication of the Henry De Vere Stacpoole novel on which it was based. The 1923 version was directed by W. Bowden and Dick Cruickshanks, starring Molly Adair and Dick Cruickshanks.
  • The evil traders were invented for this film and were not part of the novel.
  • The film was shot on location and at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England.

Plot summary

In the Victorian period, Emmeline Foster (Susan Stranks) and Michael Reynolds (Peter Rudolph Jones), two British children, are the survivors of a shipwreck in the South Pacific. After days afloat, they are marooned on a lush tropical island in the company of kindly old sailor Paddy Button (Noel Purcell). Eventually, Paddy dies, leaving Emmeline (Jean Simmons) and Michael (Donald Houston), now attractively grown up, all alone with each other. Together, they survive solely on their resourcefulness, and the bounty of their remote paradise.

Years pass and both Emmeline and Michael become nubile young adults, tanned to a flawless bronze, and fitter than Olympic gymnasts. Eventually, their raging hormones lead the two young castaways into each other's arms. Their relationship, more along the lines of brother and sister in their youth, blossoms into love, and then passion. Emmeline and Michael have their baby boy, and they live together as common-law husband and wife, content in their solitude. But their marriage is threatened by the arrival of two evil traders, who force the boy to dive for pearls at gunpoint, before killing each other off.

Cast

Actor Role
Jean SimmonsEmmeline Foster
Donald HoustonMichael Reynolds
Susan StranksEmmeline (younger)
Peter Rudolph JonesMichael (younger)
Noel PurcellPaddy Button
James HayterDr. Murdock
Cyril CusackJames Carter
Nora NicholsonMrs. Stannard
Maurice DenhamShip's Captain
Phillip StaintonMr. Ansty
Patrick BarrSecond Mate
Lyn EvansTrotter
Russell WatersCraggs
John BoxerNick Corbett
Bill RaymondMarsden

Other versions and sequel

  • The film was remade in 1980 starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. The updated version of The Blue Lagoon, directed by Randal Kleiser, was much closer to DeVere Stacpoole's original novel, including nudity and sexual content appropriate to the story but not found in this original version.
  • The updated version was followed in 1991 by the sequel Return to the Blue Lagoon, starring Milla Jovovich and Brian Krause. The sequel bears a strong similarity to the 1980 film, also directed by Randal Kleiser. It bears very little resemblance to Stacpoole's sequel, The Garden of God. The pearl-greedy traders do not appear in Stacpoole's original novel. However, in the second sequel, The Gates of Morning, a pair of sailors attack the people of a nearby island because they know its waters are rich with pearls, and it is possible the filmmakers used this.

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Frank Launder (January 28 1906 — February 23 1997) was an English writer, director and producer, who made more than forty films, many of them in collaboration with Sidney Gilliat.
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Frank Launder (January 28 1906 — February 23 1997) was an English writer, director and producer, who made more than forty films, many of them in collaboration with Sidney Gilliat.
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Henry De Vere Stacpoole (April 9, 1863 — April 12, 1951) was a Victorian period author, born in Kingstown, Ireland. A ship's doctor for more than forty years, Stacpoole was also an expert on the South Pacific islands.
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Frank Launder (January 28 1906 — February 23 1997) was an English writer, director and producer, who made more than forty films, many of them in collaboration with Sidney Gilliat.
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Jean Simmons

Jean Simmons in Spartacus
Birth name Jean Merilyn Simmons
Born January 31 1929 (1929--) (age 78)
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Donald Houston (November 6, 1923 — October 13, 1991) was an impassive, hardworking Welsh actor whose first two films - The Blue Lagoon (1949) with Jean Simmons, and A Run for Your Money (1949) with Sir Alec Guinness - were highly successful.
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Olympic medal record
Men's Water Polo
Gold 1920 Antwerp Team competition

Noel Mary Purcell (December 25, 1899[1] – January 31, 1962) was a British and Irish water polo player who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics and in the 1924 Summer
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James Hayter

Born 23 March 1907(1907--)
Lonavala, India
Died 27 March 1983 (aged 77)
Spain

James Hayter (April 23, 1907 – March 27, 1983) was a British actor.
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Cyril Cusack

Born November 26 1910(1910--)
Durban, Natal, South Africa
(born to Irish parents)
Died September 7 1993 (aged 84) 84
London, England

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Clifton Parker (1905 - 1989) was an English composer, particularly noted for his film scores.

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Edward John Clifton Parker was born on February 5, 1905 in London, the youngest son of bank manager.
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Sir Geoffrey Unsworth OBE (1914-1978) was a British cinematographer who enjoyed a long and varied career in the British film industry, working on nearly 90 feature films spanning more than 40 years.
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Thelma Connell (30 June 1912 - 29 April 1976) was an English film editor.

Born Thelma Balle Dunaway in London, she began her career as a continuity girl, and then moved up to assistant editor on films such as The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
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Motto
"Dieu et mon droit" [2]   (French)
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Motto
"Dieu et mon droit" [2]   (French)
"God and my right"
Anthem
"God Save the Queen" [3]
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romance film can be loosely defined as any film in which the central plot (the premise of the story) revolves around the romantic involvement of the story's protagonists.
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Frank Launder (January 28 1906 — February 23 1997) was an English writer, director and producer, who made more than forty films, many of them in collaboration with Sidney Gilliat.
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Jean Simmons

Jean Simmons in Spartacus
Birth name Jean Merilyn Simmons
Born January 31 1929 (1929--) (age 78)
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Donald Houston (November 6, 1923 — October 13, 1991) was an impassive, hardworking Welsh actor whose first two films - The Blue Lagoon (1949) with Jean Simmons, and A Run for Your Money (1949) with Sir Alec Guinness - were highly successful.
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The Blue Lagoon
Author Henry De Vere Stacpoole
Country Great Britain
Language English
Series Blue Lagoon trilogy
Genre(s) Romance
Publisher T.
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Henry De Vere Stacpoole (April 9, 1863 — April 12, 1951) was a Victorian period author, born in Kingstown, Ireland. A ship's doctor for more than forty years, Stacpoole was also an expert on the South Pacific islands.
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Clifton Parker (1905 - 1989) was an English composer, particularly noted for his film scores.

Life

Edward John Clifton Parker was born on February 5, 1905 in London, the youngest son of bank manager.
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Sir Geoffrey Unsworth OBE (1914-1978) was a British cinematographer who enjoyed a long and varied career in the British film industry, working on nearly 90 feature films spanning more than 40 years.
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