Hollywood Goes Tiki- Tiki Movies of the 1940’s and 1950’s

Blue Lagoon POSTER Movie (22 x 28 Inches - 56cm x 72cm) (1949) (Half Sheet Style A)Blue Lagoon POSTER Movie (22 x 28 Inches – 56cm x 72cm) (1949) (Half Sheet Style A)

The 1940’s to 1950’s was a busy time for Hollywood…. movies were being churned out weekly. Following the Tiki trend of the times, lots of these were Tiki Movies that took place in the South Pacific. Musicals, War Movies, Horror Films and Comedies… all with some combination of Palm Trees, lush Islands, sandy Beaches, Hula Girls, Girls in Sarongs, Natives, and beautiful girls in bathing suits. (Seeing a trend?)

Here is a long-ish, and yet incomplete list of Tiki Movies made between 1940 and 1959… BUT, because there are some films you just can’t leave out of a Tiki Movie list,   I’ve included Elvis in Blue Hawaii, even though it was 1962…( Elvis is, after all, the Exception to most rules). I also included Donovan’s Reef (for my Dad, it is his most favorite movie of all times, and will quote it an wildly inappropriate times).

Ok, sure… calling some of these movies “Tiki movies” might be a stretch… but there is always something… location, sarongs, drinks in a coconut. You get the idea.

Tiki Movie Marathon!



So, next time you feel the need to have a Tiki Movie Marathon… make yourself a pitcher of Zombies, whip up some pupus and watch a bunch of Tiki Films (for bonus points, set up a theater OUTSIDE). Unfortunately, some of these are no longer in print… and some are just on VHS…



Tiki Movie Time!!!

tiki moviesAdventures of Robinson Crusoe 1952
Adventures of Sadie 1955
All Ashore 1952 (Mickey Rooney)
Attack of the Crab Monsters
Blue Hawaii 1961
Blue lagoon 1949
Call of the south seas 1944
Cobra woman 1944
Devil Monster 1946
Don’t go near the water 1957
Donovan’s Reef 1966
Enchanted Island 1958
Fair wind to java 1953
Forbidden Island 1944
From Here to Eternity 1953
Girls of pleasure island 1963
tiki moviesHell ship mutiny 1957
Hells Half Acre 1954
Her jungle love 1938 (Dorothy Lamour)
Island of Desire aka: Saturday Island 1952 (Tab Hunter)
Island of lost women 1959
Island of forgotten sins (aka Monsoon) 1943
The little hut 1957
Lost lagoon 1958
Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki 1955
Mr Roberts 1955
Monsoon 1943
Moonlight in Hawaii 1943
Omoo omoo the shark god 1949
On an Island with You 1948
Operation petticoat 1959
Pagan love song 1950

Pardon my sarong 1942
Pearl of the south pacific 1955
The revolt of Maimi Stover 1956
Rhythm of the Islands 1943

Road to Bali 1952

Sea Wife
She Demons 1958
Song of the Island 1942 (Bette Grable)
Song of the sarong 1946
South pacific 1958
tiki moviesTahiti Nights 1943
Tuttles of Tahiti 1944
Twilight for the Gods 1958 (Rock Hudson and Cyd Charisse!)
Typhoon 1940
Up in arms 1944
Up to his neck 1954
Voodoo Island 1954
Weird Woman 1944 (Lon Chaney!)
White Savage 1943
Wings over the Pacific 1943
Women of Pitcairn Island 1956


Hollywood Goes Tiki – What is Your Favorite Tiki Movie??