Yet another variation of Defoe's classic Robinson Crusoe
, MAN FRIDAY doesn't compare with the 1954 film, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE, which earned Dan O'Herlihy an Oscar nomination (which he lost to Marlon Brando for ON THE WATERFRONT). O'Toole is Crusoe and has already spent a
dozen years stranded on an island when four natives, along with the body of a fifth, arrive from a nearby island. They are in the middle of an elaborate native ceremony to bury the dead man when O'Toole arrives with a loaded pistol and shoots three of them. He spares Roundtree and names him Friday
(because that's what day it is) after Roundtree bows and darn near rolls over like...