Walk Into Paradise
|Walk Into Paradise|
US film poster
|Directed by||Lee Robinson
|Produced by||Marcello Pagliero
|Written by||Lee Robinson
|Music by||Georges Auric|
|Edited by||Alex Ezard|
Southern International Productions (Australia)
|Distributed by||MGM (Aus)|
|Box office||₤90,000 (England)
1,333,157 admissions (France)
Walk Into Paradise (also known as Walk Into Hell) is a 1956 French-Australian international co-production adventure film directed by Lee Robinson and Marcello Pagliero shot on location in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
In New Guinea, an expedition led by Australian District Officer Steve McAllister heads up the Sepik River to a valley where the adventurer Sharkeye Kelly has discovered oil. The party includes United Nations doctor Louis Dumarcet and crocodile hunter Jeff Clayton.
Louise takes blood samples from small children and is attacked by a witchdoctor. The expedition risks being massacred but the children recover in time.
- Chips Rafferty as Steve MacAllister
- Françoise Christophe as Dr. Louise Dumarcet
- Reg Lye as Ned 'Shark-eye' Kelley
- Pierre Cressoy as Jeff Clayton
- Sergeant Major Somu as Sgt.-Major Towalaka
- District Officer Fred Kaad as himself
- Capt. Richard Davis as himself
Richard Boone and Chips Rafferty became friends making Kangaroo together. In 1954 Boone announced he would act in the film, then called The Head Hunters. It was delayed reportedly due to poor weather.
French producer Paul-Edmond Decharme proposed Rafferty and Robinson go into business with the French company Discifilm. The script was rewritten to accommodate two French stars. Robinson later claimed that 60% of the money invested in the film came from housewives.
Shooting began in New Guinea in June 1955 and took place over twelve weeks. Every scene was shot twice – once in French, once in English: Pagliero would direct the French version, Robinson would do the English. Despite the difficulties of shooting on location, the film was infused only three days behind schedule.
The film was edited in Paris.
The film was released in France as L’Odyssée du Capitaine Steve. A novelisation of the script by Gavin Casey was published in 1956.
American producer Joseph E. Levine purchased the film for distribution and added more jungle footage. When the film did poor business he retitled it Walk into Hell that increased its earnings dramatically. Robinson claimed at one stage the movie was one of the 100 top grossers in the US.
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