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Bird of Paradise
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Director:
Writers:
Richard Walton Tully (play)
Wells Root (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
12 August 1932 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Pre Code Hollywood See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dolores del Rio ... Luana

Joel McCrea ... Johnny Baker

John Halliday ... Mac
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Chester
Bert Roach ... Hector

Lon Chaney Jr. ... 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

Directed by
King Vidor 
 
Writing credits
Richard Walton Tully (play)

Wells Root (screenplay) &
Wanda Tuchock (screenplay) &
Leonard Praskins (screenplay)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... executive producer
King Vidor .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien N. Andriot (photographed by) (as Lucien Andriot)
Edward Cronjager (photographed by)
Clyde De Vinna (photographed by) (as Clyde DeVinna)
 
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek  (as Archie F. Marshek)
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Lloyd Knechtel .... photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
R.H. Bassett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Busby Berkeley .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
80 min | USA:82 min (FMC Library Print)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Portugal:M/6 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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King Vidor originally took his cast and crew to Hawaii to shoot exteriors. After numerous technical problems, the weather took a turn for the worst, so hopes of shooting the picture in authentic locations was never realized.See more »
Quotes:
Chester:What do they call this place?
Johnny Baker:Probably one of the Virgin Islands
Chester:Heaven forbid.
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Edited into The Most Dangerous Game (1932)See more »

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22 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Pre Code Hollywood, 24 January 2004
Author: sbibb1 (sbibb1@aol.com) from New York, NY

This film is a good example of Pre-Code Hollywood Essentially the story of a sailor who falls in love with a native girl, this film has numerous examples of how Hollywood flourished before the production code set in some 3 years later. In most of the film Dolores Del Rio runs around in a straw skirt with nothing but a lei covering her breasts. In scenes where she is swimming, she appears to be totally nude with just some distortion in the water keeping us from seeing her totally naked. Also co-star Joel McCrea spends a good deal of the film walking around in his bathing suit.

The love scenes between McCrea and Del Rio vary. The first time it looks like rape, and Del Rio looks like she is visibly in pain. 3 years later the production code would not permit a white man to wed or be romantically involved with anyone but a white woman.

Among the crew of the ship is Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, who plays a stereotypically gay role, along with another sailor on the ship.

This film is now in the public domain and can frequently be found on television, and is available on DVD.

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