It wants to be another African Queen, but Huston's WWII adventure/dramedy doesn't quite measure up. It's structure is repetitive, w/ equal part conversing & incidents both calm and thrilling, Not until visitors arrive does it show some sense of life despite romance and contrived excuses to fall for each other. It may not end the way you'd expect, but Mitchum & Kerr help this from becoming a complete failure.
This falls smack in the middle of my favorite decade of filmmaking and for all the reasons it is my favorite. 55 to 65 films have this keen ability to feel like the older movies, yet offer something modern and subtle. Mitchum is amazing and at times so incredibly human.