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White Heat (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 15 June 1934 (USA)
Plantation owner William Hawkes (David Newell) doesn't approve of the fact that most of the white men on the island have married, or are living with native girls. He doesn't approve of ... See full summary »

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Lucille Cheney
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Leilani
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Chandler Morris
David Newell ...
William Hawkes
Arthur Clayton ...
Armia
Robert R. Stephenson ...
Mac (as Bob Stevenson)
Whitney De Rahm ...
Hale
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Mrs. Cheney
Nani Palsa ...
Adam
Kolimau Kamai ...
Lono
Kamaunani Achi ...
Mrs. Hale
Peter Lee Hyun ...
Soong
Nohill Naumu ...
Leilani's Father
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Plantation owner William Hawkes (David Newell) doesn't approve of the fact that most of the white men on the island have married, or are living with native girls. He doesn't approve of mixed marriages and is equally opposed to accepting the "gifts of love" offered to him by the native girls. One night, after several hours of hard drinking, he sees Leilani (Mona Maris) bathing on the beach, and he watches her until he can resist his craving no longer. He catches her in his arms and she willingly accepts his embraces. She comes to live with him and waits on him hand and foot. Hawkes goes to San Francisco for a planter's convention and, when he returns, brings back society girl Lucille Cheney (Virginia Cherrill) as his wife. Leilana is heart-broken, while Lucille becomes quickly bored with her husband and Hawaii. Her boredom ends when Chandler Morris (Hardie Albright) sails into port on his yacht and he and Lucille begin an affair. Hawks drinks to forget. He catches Lucille and Chandler ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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One Lois Weber movie not likely to be endorsed by any wing of the Women's Lib movement.

White Heat is both sexist and racist in presentation and attitude but that may also be the only direction writer/director Lois Weber could have taken it in 1934. The ending finds Leilana, the ever-faithful stand-by-her-man island type, the only character among the leads with any character at all and that was most likely Weber's point. One does have to question Leilana's choice of men, the ever-moody, always-suffering David Newell. Surely, Al Kikume was diving off a point somewhere on this Hawaiian island.


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