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White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  10 November 1928 (USA)
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An alcoholic doctor on a Polynesian island, disgusted by white exploitation of the natives, finds himself marooned on a pristinely beautiful island.


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Complete credited cast:
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Dr. Matthew Lloyd
Raquel Torres ...


Matthew Lloyd has drifted away from a respectable career as a physician, and lives a mediocre existence in a Polynesian island. There, pearl-trader Sebastian and his associates recklessly exploit the natives working for them as divers. After witnessing the appalling consequences of "civilization" on the local population, Matthew vehemently condemns Sebastian's greed and ruthlessness. Sebastian, however, will not shy away from any means to crush opposition to his activities. Written by Eduardo Casais <>

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10 November 1928 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences, music and sound effects)|

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1.20 : 1
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This was the first sound film exhibited in Lisbon, Portugal, at Royal Cine, Lisbon's largest cinema then, at a special session attended by the President of the Republic, Óscar Fragoso Carmona and a select audience of VIP politicians and artists from various sectors. The session was preceded by a newsreel from MGM, a documentary about the Lisbon dockyards, and various American and French song numbers. See more »


The drowned young man's left arm moves by itself. See more »


Dr. Matthew Lloyd: They are like man was before he lost the Garden of Eden.
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Flower of Love
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by William Axt and David Mendoza
Lyrics by Dave Dreyer and Herman Ruby
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A morality play that is still quite powerful today
9 October 2000 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This movie, which is part silent and part talkie, is a tale of one man's disintegration, his actions which help to destroy an entire culture and his growing horror at what he has helped to bring about. The movie is still quite effective even now, more than 70 years later, largely because its concerns have probably been part and parcel with humanity's existence since we stopped being nomads and started building cities-greed, the struggle for control, the individual penchant for being your own worst enemy at times. A most memorable and compelling film, the cinematography is beautiful (it justifiably won an Oscar) and the film is one you will remember for a long while.

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