South of Pago Pago

South of Pago Pago

Directed by Alfred E. Green
Produced by Edward Small
Written by George Bruce
Kenneth Gamet
Starring Victor McLaglen
Jon Hall
Frances Farmer
Music by Edward Ward
Cinematography John J. Mescall
Edited by Ray Curtiss
Edward Small Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • July 19, 1940 (1940-07-19) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $800,000[1]

South of Pago Pago is a 1940 American South Seas adventure film directed by Alfred E. Green starring Victor McLaglen, Jon Hall and Frances Farmer.[2]


In the 1880s a group of ruthless adventurers look for pearls in the Pacific Islands.



The movie was in pre-production for a number of years with Jon Hall attached to star from the beginning. Sigrid Gurie was originally announced to costar.[3]

Production of the film was temporarily postponed due to World War II.[4] For a time it seemed Clayton Moore might be cast instead of Hall but Hall was given the role in the end.[5]

Second unit footage was shot in American Samoa[6] with four weeks shooting in Hawaii.[7] However most location work was done near Long Beach, Los Angeles.[8]


Reviews were poor.[9]


  1. Louella O. Parsons: Close-Ups and Long-Shots Of the Motion Picture Scene The Washington Post (1923-1954) [Washington, D.C] 03 Aug 1939: 6.
  2. South of Pago Pago at TCMDB
  3. "Frawley Awarded New Paramount Contract: Rita Johnson Assigned Small Debates Plans Brown to Meet Corrigan Korda Seeks Arlen" Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) 3 Aug 1938: 8.
  4. "PRODUCERS GIRD FOR WAR: The Cinema Capital Contemplates Its Probable Effects Upon the Industry" By DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 10 Sep 1939: X3.
  5. Louella O. Parsons: "Close-Ups and Long-Shots Of the Motion Picture Scene" The Washington Post [Washington, D.C] 30 Aug 1939: 6.
  6. "Unique Army Ready to 'Fight' in Hollywood" Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) 23 Aug 1938: 8.
  7. "South Seas.". The News. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 14 November 1940. p. 10. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  8. "CAMERAS ON THE HALF SHELL" New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 14 July 1940: 104
  9. "THE SCREEN: 'Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) Meets Debutante' at Capitol--New Films at Music Hall and Palace At the Music Hall At the Palace" By BOSLEY CROWTHER. New York Times (1923-Current file) 2 Aug 1940: 12.

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