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Bird of Paradise -- From legendary Oscar-winning director King Vidor (The Crowd, Duel in the Sun) comes an exotic tale of romance set in gorgeous Polynesia. With Joel McCrea at his most dashing and Delores del Rio at her alluring height, BIRD OF PARADISE is a movie of wild eroticism and thrilling adventure, and not to be missed.

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Writers:
Richard Walton Tully (play)
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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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Beautiful photography and music 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 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Bruce Humberstone .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
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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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:
Debut film for Lon Chaney Jr., billed under his real name, Creighton Chaney, which he used until 1935.See more »
Quotes:
Mahumahu:Taboo.
Johnny Baker:Aww... taboo bunk!
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Featured in "Arena: Screen Goddesses" (2012)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful photography and music, 15 May 2012
Author: earlytalkie from United States

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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