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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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Bert Roach ...
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Thornton (as Creighton Chaney)
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Agostino Borgato ...
Medicine Man
Sofia Ortega ...
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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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Also Known As:

Ave do Paraíso  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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Fell into the public domain in 1960. See more »

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Mahumahu: Taboo.
Johnny Baker: Aww... taboo bunk!
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Hammy, sensual, kinky; masochism in the Tropics, Selznick style...
27 June 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Dolores del Rio is a South Seas island princess who has a taboo affair with a young American sailor after she saves him from a shark; he considers their flirtatious clinches "a lark", but after she's swiped from him by her people, he re-captures her and sails for the remote island of Lani. It took three writers (Leonard Praskins, Wells Root, and Wanda Tuchock) to adapt Richard Walton Tully's play for the screen, though the story is told mostly in visual, elemental terms. Athletic Joel McCrea slides down a steep hill on a leaf, scales a coconut tree without slipping, and jumps from a high cliff into a palm tree without getting so much as a nick. His passion for Dolores' Luana is convincing, though rushed along. The screenwriters tease us with tidbits about a volcano curse, and it isn't long before the lava starts flowing. Executive produced by none other than David O. Selznick, this early "Radio Picture" benefits from the pre-Code era (with some sensual behavior between the leads, and a lovely underwater duet wherein Miss del Rio appears to be nude). McCrea's happy team of mariners come and go and come back again (right on schedule), yet their salty, digging rapport is very lighthearted and amusing, and there's a charming moment at the beginning where they throw souvenirs to the natives. Not a bad early talkie, although special effects certainly had a long way to go--ditto for dramatic acting. Remade in 1951 with Debra Paget. ** from ****


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