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Bird of Paradise (1932)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Romance, Drama  |  12 August 1932 (USA)
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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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Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Chester
Bert Roach ...
Hector
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Thornton (as Creighton Chaney)
Wade Boteler ...
Skipper Johnson
Arnold Gray ...
Walker
Reginald Simpson ...
O'Fallon
Napoleon Pukui ...
The King
Agostino Borgato ...
Medicine Man
Sofia Ortega ...
Mahumahu
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Ave do Paraíso  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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A mere three years later the Production Code would forbid a film like this featuring a white man making love to a woman "of color". See more »

Quotes

Mahumahu: Taboo.
Johnny Baker: Aww... taboo bunk!
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Love, Romance & A Volcano
2 June 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A young man, sailing the South Seas with friends, is saved from a shark by a lovely chief's daughter. They fall madly in love, only to have him learn that his beautiful BIRD OF PARADISE is destined to be sacrificed to Pele, the volcano god.

Essentially a piece of fluff, this film is enhanced by the performances of Dolores Del Rio & Joel McCrea. They handle the romantics quite nicely (her skinny dip providing proof this is a pre-Production Code movie). The rest of the cast, which includes Lon Chaney Jr. & 'Skeets' Gallagher, exist purely to provide support to the stars.

Location filming in Hawaii and a beautiful, evocative score by Max Steiner emphasize the languid mood of the plot.


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