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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.

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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

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12 August 1932 (USA)  »

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Ave do Paraíso  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Lon Chaney Jr., billed under his real name of Creighton Chaney. See more »

Quotes

Mahumahu: Taboo.
Johnny Baker: Aww... taboo bunk!
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

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Beautiful photography and music
15 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bird of Paradise is based on a 1912 play and the story of the beautiful native girl being sacrificed to a volcano is probably familiar to most moviegoers, but it was done here first and it showcases it's beautiful stars, Dolores Del Rio and Joel McCrea. It features some of the most beautiful black-and-white photography I've ever seen, and the music by Max Steiner is lovely. This piece of exotica has gotten a bum rap by many reviewers in the past, but it stands as a pleasant time-waster that will pass about an hour-and-a-half painlessly enough. The Alpha DVD print shows scratches and wear, but not enough to mar the enjoyment of the film.


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