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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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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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Passionate romance in tropical setting 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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80 min | USA:82 min (FMC Library Print)
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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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A sequel entitled "Green Mansions" was planned, which was to feature the same leads and creative team, but that project was scrapped due to bad receipts for this film.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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Featured in Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1969) (TV)See more »

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35 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Passionate romance in tropical setting, 6 April 2003
Author: arneblaze from Putney, VT

I despair of non-romantics taking the time to denigrate with their reviews ultra-romantic films, such as this.

BIRD OF PARADISE is a masterwork - superbly photographed (the lighting, composition and mobility of the camera are astonishing), lushly scored (Max Steiner's score is the first ever to run from beginning to end of a talking film), and lyrically directed. Del Rio's performance is perfection - a native woman whose only future is to be sacrificed to Pele, the God of Volcanos, who finds true love with a white man who visits her island and chooses to stay.

For romantics, this is a classic tear-jerker and an exercise in sheer visual beauty. The underwater swimming scene between a nude Del Rio and a McCrea clad only in the thinnest of briefs is unique in cinema.

Perhaps the Academy's shut-out of this work is due to its coming on the heel of the semi-documentary Murnau TABU, the year before which explored similar themes. No reason however not to nominate it for Del Rio's performance, the cinematography and the score.

One of the most visually beautiful films ever made and a must-see for romantics.

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