Donovan's Reef (1963)

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    Plot Summary
    'Guns' Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and 'Boats' Gilhooley,
    until Dedham's high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise.
    Summary written by Jim Beaver

    Full Cast
    John Wayne .... Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan
    Lee Marvin .... Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley
    Elizabeth Allen .... Ameilia Sarah Dedham
    Jack Warden .... Dr. William Dedham
    Cesar Romero .... Marquis Andre de Lage
    Dick Foran .... Australian Navy Officer
    Dorothy Lamour .... Miss Lafleur
    Marcel Dalio .... Father Cluzeot
    Mike Mazurki .... Sergeant Monk Menkowicz
    Jacqueline Malouf .... Lelani Dedham
    Cherylene Lee .... Sally Dedham
    Jeffrey Byron .... Luki Dedham (as Tim Stafford)
    Edgar Buchanan .... Boston Attorney
    Jon Fong .... Mister Eu
    Frank Baker .... Captain Martin (uncredited)
    Carmen Estrabeau .... Sister Gabrielle (uncredited)
    Harold Fong .... Sells Ameilia a swimsuit (uncredited)
    Dan Ford .... Child (uncredited)
    Duke Green .... Mate (uncredited)
    Sam Harris .... Family council member (uncredited)
    Fred Jones .... Family council member (uncredited)
    June Y. Kim .... Servant (uncredited)
    Carl M. Leviness .... Family council member (uncredited)
    King Lockwood .... Lawyer (uncredited)
    Cliff Lyons .... Australian Navy officer (uncredited)
    Mae Marsh .... Family council member (uncredited)
    Michelle Mazurki .... (uncredited)
    Ron Nyman .... Naval officer (uncredited)
    Yvonne Peattie .... Sister Matthew (uncredited)
    John Qualen .... Deck hand who cries 'Man Overboard' (uncredited)
    Chuck Roberson .... Festus (uncredited)
    Scott Seaton .... Family council member (uncredited)
    Charles Seel .... Grand uncle Sedley Atterbury (uncredited)
    Mickey Simpson .... Crewman Gilhooley hits with Mop (uncredited)
    John Stafford .... Child (uncredited)
    Sara Taft .... Family council member (uncredited)
    Ralph Volkie .... James (uncredited)
    Aissa Wayne .... Native girl (uncredited)
    Patrick Wayne .... Navy Lieutenant (uncredited)
    Lee Wood ... Islander (uncredited)

    Writing credits
    Edmund Beloin story
    James Edward Grant
    James Michener story (uncredited)
    Frank S. Nugent (as Frank Nugent)

    Original Music
    Cyril J. Mockridge
    G. Savoca (song "The Monkeys Have No Tails in Zamboanga") (uncredited)

    William H. Clothier

    Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
    Wingate Smith .... assistant director

    Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
    Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
    Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
    Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
    Leo C. Richmond .... stunts (uncredited)
    Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)

    This is the technically last movie that John Ford and John Wayne worked on together, although Wayne later provided the voice-over narration for Ford's documentary Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend (1976).

    Actor John Qualen dubbed the voice of the sailor who yells "Man overboard!" in the opening scene, though it is not Qualen on-screen.

    During the scene where Amelia is wishing to "charter the Araner", Donovan states that he owns the Araner and a boat named the Inisfree. Inisfree is the name of the village in Ireland in which The Quiet Man (1952), another John Wayne / John Ford film, takes place.

    Actor Mickey Simpson is sometimes mistakenly credited as the mate hit with a mop by Lee Marvin in the opening scene. It is not Simpson but Duke Green.

    In a fight with Lee Marvin, John Wayne underestimated an uppercut. He crashed through a table and fell down. Director John Ford decided to leave the scene in the movie.

    Ameilia asks the captain "to charter the Araner." That was the real name of John Ford's yacht, which is the yacht used in the movie.

    In the beginning, Gilhooley tells the captain who "shanghai'd" him that they were supposed to be at the island "on the 7th". Taking into account the time-line of the movie, ending on Christmas, that would make Donovan and Gilhooley's birthday as December 7th, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

    "Boats" is Navy slang for the rating of *Boatswain's Mate*. "Guns" is Navy slang for the rating of *Gunner's Mate*.

    In the movie Donovan and Gilhooley are supposed to share December 7th for their birthday. In real life, Mike Mazurki (Sgt. Monk Menkowicz) was born December 25, 1907.

    Patrick Wayne, John Wayne's son, has a small cameo - he plays the Australian Shore Patrol officer that breaks up the final fight.

    * Continuity: Ameilia loses her stockings after falling in the water.

    * Continuity: When Amelia first starts skiing, she loses her bathing cap. After falling in the water, the cap is back on her head.

    * Continuity: Ameilia presents Gilhooley with a Christmas present then goes out back of the bar to confront Donovan. When she returns, not more than a couple of minutes later, Gilhooley already has the train set put together on the bar and is playing with it.

    * Crew or equipment visible: On the road when the children are forced to leave their home to move in with Donovan, the shadow of the camera is visible on the people as they walk by.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Location
    Kaua`i, Hawaii, USA
    Waimea Canyon, Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA

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  • Donovan's Reef is a 1963 American film starring John Wayne.
    It was directed by John Ford and filmed on location on Kauai, Hawaii.

    The cast included Elizabeth Allen, Lee Marvin, Dorothy Lamour, and Cesar Romero.
    The film marked the last time Ford and Wayne ever worked together on a project.

    The last and final film together, Ford intended another 'Rip roaring, comedy'
    However, it didn't quite work, and as Ford was now past his sell by date,
    it made matters worse.
    However, I enjoyed the film, and particularly the title music, "Pearly Shells",
    The story was fair, and the paring of Duke and Lee Marvin, a good one.
    There was good chemistry, and it was obvious the pair got on professionally,
    and from all accounts....socially!!!

    Pilar Wayne, said that Lee Marvin, was constantly drunk and a confused person!!
    Elizabeth provided a not too bad, love interest.
    This was, however, to be the last time Duke was to lust,
    over a much younger woman.

    His days were numbered as a leading man, lover role.
    After this, his father/grandfather roles came to the fore,
    and as we know from his later films,
    they were roles, that he looked comfortable, and at ease with.
    The film bordered at time, on childish humour, with a good spattering
    of Duke's, " Who me?" and 'knocked over the head looks'!
    Overall, a contrived and poor picture, but not too bad as entertainment.

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    Best Wishes
    London- England

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