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Bird of Paradise
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Richard Walton Tully (play)
Wells Root (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
12 August 1932 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)
 
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Busby Berkeley .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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80 min | USA:82 min (FMC Library Print)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Portugal:M/6 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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Trivia:
The native village huts were later reused for the inhabitants of Skull Island in RKO's classic King Kong (1933).See more »
Quotes:
Mahumahu:Taboo.
Johnny Baker:Aww... taboo bunk!
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) (TV)See more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Interesting In a Number of Respects, & Del Rio Is Dazzling, 3 February 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This feature is interesting in a number of respects, both in its techniques and in its subject matter. And if neither of those is enough, Dolores Del Rio has a role that allows her to dazzle the viewer with her beauty and her screen presence. A young-looking Joel McCrea, as her co-star, is himself earnest and likable, though he is overshadowed by Del Rio in their scenes together.

The story starts off with McCrea, as a sailor on a yacht, being rescued from a shark by Del Rio, as the daughter of the king of a native tribe. Romance develops from there, with McCrea's character dreaming of taking her back home with him when his trip is done, but having his plans hindered by the responsibilities she faces as a king's daughter. (Why any man, given the opportunity to live alone with a woman like Del Rio on a tropical island, would yearn for 'civilization', is also a pretty good question.)

The story features some rather sensitive themes in the running contact between the two cultures. If it does not always face them comfortably, at least it is relatively even-handed much of the time. Although some 'primitive' beliefs are ascribed to the natives' culture, they are portrayed as sincere beliefs. There are also a number of points of interest on the technical side. Most obviously, there are the wealth of atmospheric shots of the tropical setting. But beyond that, there are a few interesting attempts to offer some interesting views with the camera, such as the water-level shots in the opening sailing sequence.

One particularly interesting idea is that, for a long time, the language barrier is allowed to stand realistically between the characters, especially in McCrea's efforts to communicate, instead of using a stock device to get around it. Only much later is it assumed that Del Rio's character has learned enough English to be able to communicate.

Certainly, there are times when this feature shows a little of its age, and in some respects it's not completely successful. But it would probably be worth watching to see Del Rio alone, and the rest of it contains several interesting aspects.

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