Tiara Tahiti

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Tiara Tahiti
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Belgian theatrical poster
Directed by Ted Kotcheff
Written byGeoffrey Cotterell
Ivan Foxwell
Produced byIvan Foxwell
Starring James Mason
John Mills
Rosenda Monteros
Cinematography Otto Heller
Edited by Antony Gibbs
Music by Philip Green
The Rank Organisation
Ivan Foxwell Productions
Release date
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Tiara Tahiti is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring James Mason and John Mills. [1] Kotcheff's directorial debut, it is based on the novel by Geoffrey Cotterell, who also adapted it for the screen with Ivan Foxwell. [2] [1] It was filmed in London and Tahiti. [1] [3] Rosenda Monteros, a Mexican actress, plays a Tahitian beauty. [4] Roy Kinnear had a minor role. [1]



Clifford Southey (Mills) is a clerk at a brokerage firm who is promoted to lieutenant colonel during the war. His subordinate officer, Captain Brett Aimsley (Mason), was a partner at Southey's firm. Popular and charismatic, Capt. Aimsley is everything Col. Southey is not, but aspires to be. Unfortunately money is Aimsley's weakness. His profligacy sees him removed from Southey's command.

Some time after the war, Aimsley's comfortable exile in Tahiti is rudely interrupted by the arrival of his old adversary, now director of a hotel chain looking to expand into the burgeoning South Seas market.


Critical reception

In The New York Times , Bosley Crowther called it "lush, foolish, sometimes funny...splotchy entertainment that is, at least, colorful"; [5] while Variety wrote "The two male stars in this pic have a field day. Mason is fine as the mocking wastrel while Mills is equally good in a more difficult role that could have lapsed into parody. These two carry the main burden of the film" [6] whereas Time Out found it an "uneven mix of character study and situation comedy". [7]

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