South of Pago Pago
South of Pago Pago ★★ ½ 1940
The unsuspecting natives of a tropical isle are exploited by a gang of pirates searching for a seabed of rare pearls. A notch up from most similar adventure outings, with great violent action and excellent cinematography. Leading lady Farmer was thought to be a rising star, but retired at 29 in 1942 because of alcoholism and spent some time in mental institutions. “Frances” (1982), with Jessica Lange, is based on her life. 98m/B VHS . Victor McLaglen, Jon Hall, Frances Farmer, Gene Lockhart; D: Alfred E. Green.