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The Pagan (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 27 April 1929 (USA)
A carefree South Seas native falls for the half-caste ward of a religious white man who desires her for himself.



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Henry, the pagan son of a white father and native mother, has inherited land and a store, but he prefers the simple life. When he falls in love with a native girl, her guardian, who is trying to bring her up as a 'proper' Christian, but who also lusts after her himself, plots to keep them apart. Written by David Eickemeyer

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Release Date:

27 April 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Pagão  »

Box Office


$293,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (Turner library print) | (Turner Library print) (19. (silent)

Sound Mix:

(MovieTone) (synchronized music score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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"Produced and photographed in the Paumotu Islands of the South Seas." See more »


Pagan Love Song
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by an offscreen chorus at he beginning, Ramon Novarro and Dorothy Janis
Variations played in the score often
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A Pagan Song
4 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short and sweet silent film stars one of the brightest stars of the era, Ramon Novarro. Novarro's trademark energy is channeled into a great performance as a half white half native on an island where he is not accepted by everyone. He is a wealthy man but would rather spend his time lounging in the sun eating bananas and coconuts than doing business. He meets a beautiful native girl named Tito (Dorothy Janis), half white and half native like himself. However, she is restricted by her benefactor, a hypocrite Christian businessman (Donald Crisp) who wants to train her to be white. The natives begin to have a love affair much to the chagrin of the wealthy benefactor and a prostitute (Renée Adorée) who is in love with Novarro.

As a silent made after the talkies swept entertainment, this film features a recorded soundtrack with sung music and sound effects. Sometimes the lips do not match the recording, but the track works quite well with illustrating the story.

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