Johnny Lingo is a 1969 short film based on a short story by Patricia McGerr. The film was directed by Wetzel O. Whitaker and produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The film is about Johnny Lingo, a successful trader who is searching for a wife. Like the short story, the film takes place on the Kiniwata island of Hawaii.
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This short film provides examples of:
- Accidental Bargaining Skills: Moki starts the dowry with three cows (already a high price), and Johnny Lingo raises it to eight cows.
- Adaptational Name Change: Mahana's character is named Sarita in the original short story.
- An Aesop:Johnny Lingo: Many things can happen to make a woman beautiful. The thing that matters most is what she thinks of herself.
- Beautiful All Along: Mahana goes from everybody calling her ugly to one of the most beautiful girls on the island.Johnny Lingo: I have loved her ever since we were children. She was always beautiful.
- Creepy Children Singing: "Johnny Lingo had a cow / Trade it for an ugly wife / Johnny Lingo's married now / He'll be sorry all his life"
- Dowry Dilemma: Averted. Johnny Lingo has no problem paying eight cows for Mahana's dowry.
- The Freelance Shame Squad: Almost everybody laughs at Moki for offering a dowry of three cows for Mahana to Johnny Lingo.
- GASP: Everybody gasps when Johnny Lingo offers eight cows for Mahana's dowry.
- Greek Chorus: The American shopkeeper provides commentary on the story.
- Protagonist Title
- Tree Cover: Mahana can usually be found hiding in the trees.