Trivia / South Pacific

  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Songs:
    • #28, "Some Enchanted Evening"
  • All-Star Cast: The Carnegie Hall concert version in 2006 brought together famous singing actor Brian Stokes Mitchell as de Becque, country legend Reba McEntire as Nellie, and Alec Baldwin as Billis.
  • Cut Song: Many, some of which, like "My Girl Back Home," are now commonly used in revivals.
    • Another, "Suddenly Lovely," eventually received new lyrics, which turned it into "Getting to Know You" from The King and I.
    • Yet another, "Loneliness of Evening," received a spot in Rodgers' and Hammerstein's 1965 television version of Cinderella.
  • Dawson Casting: Even though Nellie Forbush is supposed to be young and naive, she was portrayed by women in their 30s for both Broadway productions (notable soprano Kelli O'Hara in the revival, and Broadway legend Mary Martin in the original). Also, ABC's 2001 TV movie has grown infamous for casting a 53-year old Glenn Close in the role.
  • Fake Nationality: Bloody Mary was played by black actress/blues singer Juanita Hall.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Reports claim that among the movie's leads, only Mitzi Gaynor, who played Nellie, and Ray Walston, who played Luther Billis, did their own singing. Juanita Hall deserves special notice, as she originated the role of Bloody Mary on Broadway nine years earlier, but still needed dubbing by Muriel Smith.
  • Old Shame: Director Joshua Logan publicly apologized for the use of color filters. Incidentally, they were not supposed to be that heavy, and he was aghast when he saw the final print.
  • What Could Have Been: The producers had considered casting Doris Day as Nellie. Possible reasons for her rejection include her agent demanding too much money, or Day herself feeling too nervous to sing for Richard Rodgers.

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