Pagan Love Song

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Pagan Love Song
Original film poster
Directed by Robert Alton
Produced by Arthur Freed
Written by Robert Nathan
Jerry Davis
William S. Stone (novel)
Starring Esther Williams
Howard Keel
Release date(s) 1950
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,920,000[1]
Box office $3,360,000[1]

Pagan Love Song is a musical romance film released by MGM starring Esther Williams and Howard Keel. Set in Tahiti, it was based on the novel Tahiti Landfall by William S. Stone.


Mimi Bennett lives with her wealthy aunt Kate on the South Pacific isle of Tahiti. A half-native, half-American girl, Mimi's dream is to someday leave this world to live in America.

Hazard Endicott's arrival changes her plans. He is a school teacher from Ohio who has inherited a Tahiti estate. His first task is to hire a servant and he mistakes Mimi for a native girl, offering her a job. She amuses herself by not telling him the truth.

The estate turns out to be little more than a shack. Endicott also miscalculates an invitation to a party at Kate's, coming in casual island attire to an event with elegantly dressed guests. Mimi takes pity on him and a romance blooms.



According to MGM records the film earned $2,157,000 in the US and Canada and $1,203,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $108,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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