SOUTH PACIFIC isn't the screen classic it should have been, but despite the fact that it pales in comparison with the long-running Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical on which it is based, the film still stands up as terrific entertainment. Inspired by James Michener's book Tales of the South Pacific
, both the stage musical and the movie were directed by Joshua Logan--not entirely a good thing, since he allows his actors to resort to stage techniques that aren't always suited to the close-up medium of film. Set on an island in (you guessed it) the South Pacific, the story
concerns Nellie Forbush (Mitzi Gaynor), a midwestern nurse who falls in love with E...