6.1/10
771
26 user 20 critic

Bird of Paradise (1932)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance, Drama | 12 August 1932 (USA)
A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.00 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Island princess falls for a visiting Frenchman, but her people are against it.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Debra Paget, Louis Jourdan, Jeff Chandler
Rockabye (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Actress Judy Carroll, from the gas-house district has been trained, educated and developed so well by her manager, that not even the publicity-seeking world of the theater has guessed her ... See full summary »

Directors: George Cukor, George Fitzmaurice
Stars: Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea, Paul Lukas
Four Mothers (1941)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Adam Lemp and his four daughters (Ann, Thea, Kay, and Emma) find themselves in financial and emotional crises. Thea's husband Ben has promoted a Florida housing development to everyone in ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Claude Rains, Jeffrey Lynn, Eddie Albert
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When two childhood sweethearts are kept from marrying, misery ensues.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lewis Stone
Drama | History | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Napoleon needs money to fight his wars in Europe so he wants 20 million dollars for the Louisiana Territory in the United States. To help the negotiations, he sends his brother, Jerome, to ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Marion Davies, Dick Powell, Charles Ruggles
Street Scene (1931)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Twenty-four hours elapse on the stoop of a Hell's Kitchen tenement as a microcosm of the American melting pot interacts with each other during a summer heatwave.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr., Estelle Taylor
Adventure | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers.

Directors: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Stars: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks
Exit Smiling (1926)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A maid who works for a traveling theatrical troupe wants desperately to be an actress, and manages to get some small roles in the company's productions, but is determined to do anything she... See full summary »

Director: Sam Taylor
Stars: Beatrice Lillie, Jack Pickford, Doris Lloyd
Bed of Roses (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lorry and Minnie are ex-hookers who leave prison, determined to find the good life with rich men. Along the way Lorry meets and falls in love with cotton barge owner Dan. She must choose ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea, John Halliday
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Pretty Bobby Halevy loves Rims Rosson, a dreamer and inventor without much going for him. Rims has a scheme of going to Manila to turn hemp into silk and become rich. But when one of her ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: John Garfield, Anne Shirley, Claude Rains
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nan Masters, a single mother living with her four marriageable daughters, plans to marry Sam Sloane, businessman. Out of the blue her 1st husband Jim returns after deserting the family 20 ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Garfield, Claude Rains, Jeffrey Lynn
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Gordon Evers, a dignified middle-aged barrister, is depressed and suicidal following an injury suffered during WWI. Sarah Cazenove, an antique dealer, is likewise depressed and suicidal due... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Irene Dunne, Clive Brook, Nils Asther
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Mac
...
Chester
...
Hector
...
Thornton (as Creighton Chaney)
Wade Boteler ...
Skipper Johnson
...
Walker
Reginald Simpson ...
O'Fallon
Napoleon Pukui ...
The King
Agostino Borgato ...
Medicine Man
Sofia Ortega ...
Mahumahu
Edit

Storyline

A young man falls overboard and is saved by a beautiful Polynesian girl. They fall in love, but their idyll is smashed when the local volcano begins to erupt. The man discovers that the local custom is to sacrifice a young woman to the volcanic gods. They try to escape but realize that "east is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet." Written by Ed Lorusso

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 August 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ave do Paraíso  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Orson Welles claimed that Dolores del Rio was "the highest erotic ideal" for any red-blooded male after seeing the film. See more »

Quotes

Mahumahu: Taboo.
Johnny Baker: Aww... taboo bunk!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1969) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An Enjoyable Way to Spend An Hour
6 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the plot of this film may seem trite to us today, it was fresh and original in 1932 when it was made. This may well have been the first "throw the girl into the volcano" movie. Considering the technical limitations of film-making in 1932, the photography and special effects are quite good: the whirlpool, the erupting volcano and the river of lava.

Contradicting other postings to this website, I did not see a "rape" scene. What I saw was the male lead chase the female lead after she had been teasing him, then he wrestled her and pinned her down to introduce her to Western-style kissing. A rapist doesn't kiss his victim, and a rape victim would not want her attacker to continue kissing her.

The action of the plot moves quickly and is never bogged down by the dialog. This is an entertaining film, which you could view as you would any antique: it's charming for the era in which it was created.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Pre Hayes navel alert! heystevesteinberg
Music macguffinlassie
Best quality DVD kirksworks
The worst dance scenes of the 'hula' I have ever seen. swojtak
Discuss Bird of Paradise (1932) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?