Yachtsman Steve Drexel bets his friends that he can swim ashore on a remote south-seas island with nothing but a toothbrush and be 'living the life of Riley' when they return. With handmade... See full summary »
Yachtsman Steve Drexel bets his friends that he can swim ashore on a remote south-seas island with nothing but a toothbrush and be 'living the life of Riley' when they return. With handmade implements the lighthearted, athletic Steve improbably builds a comfortable home with all amenities...and local fauna trained to help him! Meanwhile, a grass-skirted young lady flees an unwelcome wedding on a nearby island. Steve calls her Saturday, but what is he to do with her? Written by
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I certainly don't agree that this film is over-long. I found it hugely enjoyable from beginning to end. Of course it is a load of nonsense, but I don't think it was intended to be "Hamlet".
An American leaps off his luxury yacht with nothing, except his trusty dog, to learn to survive on a deserted tropical island. And he does so magnificently - creating his own world with an ingenuity that would put Gilligan and co. to shame. The art direction is truly outstanding. And the dog is great, but tends to be up-staged by a superbly talented monkey - that can even milk a goat! When other humans arrive things become a bit dodgy politically - this is definitely both racist and sexist.
But through it all runs Fairbanks' wondrous energy. Nice location photography, unusual for its day. This evidently caused problems for the sound-recording. I suspect all the location footage was shot silent and the sound dubbed on afterwards - the lip-synching is sometimes poor. Good use of music, by Alfred Newman, again quite advanced for an early talkie. This film is tremendous fun!
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