South Sea Sinner

South Sea Sinner is a 1950 American adventure film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and starring MacDonald Carey and Shelley Winters. It is a remake of Seven Sinners (1940). Liberace has a small role.[1]

South Sea Sinner
Theatrical release poster
Directed byH. Bruce Humberstone
Produced byMichael Kraike
(as Michel Kraike)
Written byJoel Malone
Screenplay byJoel Malone
Oscar Brodney
Story byLadislas Fodor
László Vadnay
(as Laszlo Vadnay)
StarringMacdonald Carey
Shelley Winters
Music byWalter Scharf
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byTed J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 30, 1950 (1950-08-30) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States


A cafe owner on a South Sea island plays a dangerous game of blackmail with a fugitive from justice.



South Sea Sinner was known as East of Java during filming. Helena Carter replaced Dorothy Hart.[2] Star MacDonald Carey was borrowed from Paramount.

Filming took place in July 1949. Winters was accused of having a number of temperamental outbursts on set including a clash with Helena Carter.[3] Winters admitted to being "nervous and tired" after making three films in five months and was "unused" to Humbersome's "close direction during song and dance scenes."[4] She said she had to perform "a suggestive dance" when some exhibitors and their families visit the set and she was upset when an eight year old boy filmed her; she asked that he be removed to where she couldn't see him.[5]


The New York Times called it a "ridiculously romance-soggy film which has about as much South Seas flavour as a roadside papaya bar."[6]


  1. Bosley Crowther. "'South Sea Sinner' Arrives at the Criterion--'Red Light' Comes to the Globe". The New York Times, January 16, 1950.
  2. By THOMAS F BRADY Special to The New York Times. (1949, Jul 01). JANET LEIGH GETS 2 RKO FILM LEADS. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  3. HEDDA HOPPER. (1949, Jul 26). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  4. HEDDA HOPPER: Walker Will Costar With Singer Grayson Los Angeles Times (1923-1995); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]26 July 1949: 14.
  5. Scheuer, P. K. (1949, Nov 13). SHELLEY WINTERS MAY DO JEAN HARLOW'S LIFE. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  6. THE SCREEN IN REVIEW: 'South Sea Sinner' Arrives at the Criterion-By BOSLEY CROWTHER. New York Times 16 Jan 1950: 18
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