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The Blue Lagoon (1949)





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Henry Devere Stacpoole's lyrical novel The Blue Lagoon was rather chastely filmed in 1921. The 1949 remake is a tad more explicit, though it's hardly as racy as the 1980 Brooke Shields version. Two British children, Emmeline (Susan Stranks) and Michael (Peter Jones), are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the company of kindly old salt Paddy Button (Noel Purcell). Eventually, Paddy dies, leaving Emmeline and Michael, now attractively grown up and played by Jean Simmons and Donald Houston, all alone. Their relationship, more along the lines of brother and sister in their youth, blossoms into love, and then passion. Emmeline has a baby, and the two live as common-law husband and wife, content in their solitude..until.. Filmed in lush Technicolor, The Blue Lagoon was considered fairly exotic and somewhat risque back in 1949, though by current standards the film is a model of decorum.


Jean Simmons
as Emmeline Foster
Donald Houston
as Michael Reynolds
Noel Purcell
as Paddy Button
James Hayter
as Dr. Murdoch
Susan Stranks
as Emmeline as a child
Peter Jones
as Michael as a child
Cyril Cusack
as James Carter
Nora Nicholson
as Mrs. Stannard
Maurice Denham
as Ship Captain
Philip Stainton
as Mr. Ansty
Patrick Barr
as Second Mate
Lyn Evans
as Trotter
Lynn Evans
as Trotter
John Boxer
as Nick Corbett
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Critic Reviews for The Blue Lagoon

All Critics (3)

Following author Henry De Vere Stacpoole's 1908 novel with its theme exploring innocence and natural love, 1949's film captures the tone using less salaciousness than the 1980 interpretation.

August 10, 2021 | Full Review…

It is, in fact, rather charming.

June 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The innocent approach to 1949's LAGOON works better when viewed as an alternative or balance to the less restricted remake.

December 28, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Blue Lagoon


Sweet tempered take on the material with much better acting than the more recent remake. Jean Simmons is so very young and beautiful.

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