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Title

The Beach of Falesa

Plot

An island merchant is cast out of his village after marrying a local woman in defiance of their faith. In order to restore his family's pride and reclaim his trade, he must go against a shrewd and highly competitive business rival.

Episode

0131

Air Dates

  • First Run - August 12, 1974
  • Repeat - October 11, 1974
  • Repeat - September 23, 1979

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8 Responses to Episode 0131

This adaptation of Stevenson's story downplays the issues of colonialism in favor of the adventure at the story's core. It plays a lot like a Western, with a recent arrival to the South Seas having to stand up to a ruthless trader who will exploit the law, religion, and the native population in order to crush his potential business rivals. The source material and exotic setting make for a solid yarn.

Matt Sandwich

A trader is thwarted by his rival competitor which uses voodoo to scare away his customers. Based on a Robert Lewis Stevenson story.

Tracy

A quickie marriage to a local girl results in an island trader becoming an outcast. He must fight a voodoo religion and a business rival to restore his honor and his business and save hsi family.

Brendan Lewis

A quickie marriage to a local girl results in an island trader becoming an outcast. He must fight a voodoo religion and a business rival to restore his honor and his business and save hsi family.

M. Monarch Mamba

A kind hearted English trader arrives in a Polynesian island with a handicapped boy he adopted in another land to set up shop. Upon arrival he is greeted by his rival in trade who appears friendly enough and arranges a marriage for him (after all, you need someone to cook and clean and provide companionship!) The bartender performs a phoney ceremony much to the chagrin of the Englishman, but he accepts the young woman into his life and treats her well. They work to set up the shop but no one comes… apparently they are taboo… but why? And how will they rid themselves of the taboo?

Matt

You don't have to go to Polynesia to draw ire for a mixed-race marriage! Suspense; imagined supernatural elements.

Andy

This could have been better. But the voice of Evie Juster as Uma was just horrible. Juster not only played the voice of a young island girl, but also the voice of a young island boy. It was really not that bad of an episode from a writing point of view--after it was an adaptation of a Stevenson work. But the casting was poor to the point of annoyance. However, I do like the idea of an aged missionary finding love with a young island princess. If that is possible, I would like to go island hopping telling natives the gospel. Ha Ha, Hee Hee. I'm not that lucky. 3 stars for the episode.

DAVY JOE

The voicing of Uma and the boy weren't the best, but okay. The story was a good adaptation (not that I read the original, though). It's always good to hear an adaptation of a classic tale.

Alec


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