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Production began with principal photography and an incomplete script.
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Debut film for Lon Chaney Jr., billed under his real name, Creighton Chaney, which he used until 1935.
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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.
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The first sound film with a full symphonic score. Also the first complete film score to be issued on disc.
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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.
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Dolores del Rio appears to be nude in the underwater love scene. This may be the case, but the lighting makes it hard to tell.
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The native village huts were later reused for the inhabitants of Skull Island in RKO's classic King Kong (1933).
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Fell into the public domain in 1960.
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This caused a huge scandal in 1932 because of the scene where Dolores del Rio goes swimming naked.
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A mere three years later the Production Code would forbid a film like this featuring a white man making love to a woman "of color".
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Lost an estimated $250,000 at the box office.
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Orson Welles claimed that Dolores del Rio was "the highest erotic ideal" for any red-blooded male after seeing the film.
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The tribal dances were choreographed by Busby Berkeley.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When David O. Selznick took over at RKO, this was one of the properties he inherited. Selznick tried to read the original play by Richard Walton Tully but gave up because he found it to be ridiculous. He suggested that King Vidor take a look at it but Vidor too couldn't finish the piece so Selznick suggested that he take the title and make whatever film he wanted, provided that he put in three juicy love scenes and have Dolores del Rio jump into a volcano at the end.
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