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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 »
User Reviews:
An Enjoyable Way to Spend An Hour 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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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Trivia:
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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Featured in "Arena: Screen Goddesses" (2012)See more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
An Enjoyable Way to Spend An Hour, 6 April 2007
Author: timothymcclenaghan from United States

While the plot of this film may seem trite to us today, it was fresh and original in 1932 when it was made. This may well have been the first "throw the girl into the volcano" movie. Considering the technical limitations of film-making in 1932, the photography and special effects are quite good: the whirlpool, the erupting volcano and the river of lava.

Contradicting other postings to this website, I did not see a "rape" scene. What I saw was the male lead chase the female lead after she had been teasing him, then he wrestled her and pinned her down to introduce her to Western-style kissing. A rapist doesn't kiss his victim, and a rape victim would not want her attacker to continue kissing her.

The action of the plot moves quickly and is never bogged down by the dialog. This is an entertaining film, which you could view as you would any antique: it's charming for the era in which it was created.

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