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Some little port town, the South Seas: Captain Bill Jones (George
Houston) of the Mari Gold is down on his luck, so much so actually that he
can't even afford provisions for his next trip, let alone pay his trusted
employees Mike (Juan Torena) and Burp (Vince Barnett). The only thing he
has got is an old Spanish gold doubloon, so he figures he takes the gold
into town to show it around and claim he has two more chests of gold
aboard his ship, so people will grant him credit and even finance him an
expedition to raise some more chests of gold from the sea ...
The plan works all too well: every sinister character in town believes
Bill's little charade, including French sailor Black Pierre (George
J.Lewis), gangster Samson (Roy D'Arcy), shady businessman Joblin (Harold
Howard) and the local brothel madam (Margaret Irving). Only Bill's friend
Dr Kelkey (Crane Wilbur) looks through Bill's little ploy, but goes along
with it and soon enough brings Madge (Marian Nixon), a girl he looks
after, to Bill's boat ... and Bill and Madge soon find themselves
attracted to each other ...
Soon enough though, the gang of villains try to get Bill's gold, and
since attempts to attack the Mari Gold head-on have failed they capture
Mike's girlfriend Annana (Movita) and try to torture the whereabouts of
the treasure out of her ... and when she doesn't tell, they kill her.
However, Black Pierre was also in love with Annana, and after seeing
her dead, he leaves the gang of baddies and sides with Bill. A series of
attacks and counter-attacks follows, in the course of which both Black
Pierre and Doctor Kelkey lose their lives, but in the end, Bill and
company have defeated their enemies and put gangster Samson, who has
actually murdered Annana himself, under arrest - and Bill has his hands
full stopping Mike from taking his revenge for the murdered Annana.
Of course, Bill succeeds, and in the end, of course in the end, we find
Madge in his arms.
A light-hearted, under-budgeted South Seas-comedy with a slight
adventure plot, shot in glorious (well, glorious for its day) CineColor.
It's not the best film ever, nor a classic of the genre, but it works as
likeably entertainment, that is probably forgotten as quickly as it is