February 22, 2017


The Blue Lagoon – 1949 | 103 mins | Drama, Romance | Colour

Plot Synopsis

The Blue Lagoon

Beautifully photographed version of the novel by Henry de Vere Stacpoole. Two British children, Emmeline (Susan Stranks) and Michael (Peter Jones), are shipwrecked on a Pacific island in the company of old sailor Paddy Button (Noel Purcell); who later dies on a drunken binge. They grow up (Jean Simmons, Donald Houston), fall in love, have a baby and try to escape in a home-made boat. They are picked up. The plot is beefed up by storms, a fight with a giant octopus, and two evil traders (James Hayter, Cyril Cusack) who force the boy to dive for pearls before killing each other off. A box-office rather than critical hit, but a masterpiece compared to the 1980 version.

Production Team

Frank Launder: Director
Geoffrey Unsworth: Cinematography
Thelma Myers: Editing
Clifton Parker: Original Music
Frank Launder: Producer
Sidney Gilliat: Producer
Michael Hogan: Script
John Baines: Script
Frank Launder: Script
Gordon K McCallum: Sound Dept


Jean Simmons: Emmeline Foster
Donald Houston: Michael Reynolds
Susan Stranks: Emmeline, as a child
Noel Purcell: Paddy Button
James Hayter: Dr Murdoch
Peter Jones: Michael, as a child
Nora Nicholson: Mrs Stannard
Maurice Denham: Ship Captain

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