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#2775: 1954 Color Hollywood movie shot in Haiti
Today's mail brought an incredible treasure for my library. It is
a Hollywood movie released in 1954 in full color which is shot
almost entirely in Haiti.
[PLEASE, I WON THE MOVIE IN AN ON-LINE AUCTION. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW
TO GET ANOTHER. Please don't write asking.]
It is simply astonishing in the incredible footage from Haiti. The
movie is THE GOLDEN MISTRESS. It stars (from Hollywood John Agar and
Rosemarie Bowe. In addition it has these featured players from Haiti:
and the simply darling Ti-Roro.
In addition it features two spectacular long sequences by the National
Folklore Theatre of Haiti.
Additionally in the credits is:
Haitian Coordinator Edouard Cassagnol and
Costumes by Lucienne Cassagnol.
Choreography is by Andre Nargisse.
[Anyone know any of these Haitians?]
The film is directly by Hollywood's Joel Judge and after that there is a
special thanks, while the Haitian national anthem is playing which reads:
"Photographed in its entirety in the Caribbean through the generous
cooperation of the Government of Haiti."
Okay, lets quickly forget the story. Beautiful Rosemarie Bowe, sort of a
Marilyn Monroe type who hangs out of her clothes all the time, and macho
John Agar are after some treasure of some disappeared tribe. It all
involves Voodoo, of course.
But along the way:
-- there is astonishing footage of Port-au-Prince.
-- inside the Holy Trinity the murals are in the front of the church, but
when the camera swings to the back the whole section of the organ loft
had not yet been painted.
-- the macho hero gets locked up in the National Penitentiary over on the
street that leads to the cemetery, can't remember its name, and the
place is filmed sort of like a "honor system" prison without locked
cells!!! A bit of government propaganda along the way.
-- the National Folklore theater of Haiti does two very long dance sequences.
a. The first is quite authentic looking. It is a Voodoo dance
for Dumballah. Beautifully danced, choreographed and with very
authentic sounding music.
b. the second piece is much less Haitian. It is this lost tribe
doing some life and death trial dance, but it is quite
splashy and colorful.
-- the action shift to Sans Souci and here, I would presume filmed in
1952 or 53, San Souci is MUCH more spectacular than today, but quite
-- next they move up the hill to the Citadel, and quite authentic. I
recognized parts of the trail in that they take, and they walk all
around the Citadel looking for (and of course finding, which is a
bit more surprising) the secrets to the lost treasure they are after.
All of this takes about an hour of the 82 minute film. After this they
set off for some other Island, which may well be another part of Haiti,
but I don't know. However, this part of the film is nature time and
there cute monkeys and a zillion coloful birds including toucans and
The film ends with the treasure lost, but the real treasure found since
macho boy gets girl falling out of clothes.
Some really exciting full color, well-filmed footage of Haiti!
A great addition to my library.
[Again, please, I have no idea in the world where to get copies of