I just recently watched this and I think I can say without fear of contradiction that it’s the greatest movie ever made, or the most enjoyable movie ever made, or the most enjoyable movie I’ve seen in quite a while.


It’s trash of the very highest order, with Marlene Dietrich playing a cabaret tramp making her way around the islands of the South Pacific, charming the locals and whatever sailors happen to be in port while infuriating the authorities, who inevitably send her packing off to the next island.

This description doesn’t really do it justice , though.  You might say it’s like They Were Expendable with Dietrich playing all the PT boats, or like Casablanca without the idealism, or like Gone With the Wind without the Civil War, or like . . . well, whatever it is, it’s a masterpiece of its kind.