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Bird of Paradise (1951)

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Island princess falls for a visiting Frenchman, but her people are against it.

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Kalua
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Andre Laurence
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The Akua
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The Kahuna
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The Trader
Prince Leilani ...
Chief (as Prince Lei Lani)
Otto Waldis ...
Skipper
Alfred Zeisler ...
Van Hook
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Andre Laurence accompanies his college roommate, Tenga, back to Tenga's Polynesian island home. There, Andre, assumes the native life and, after many trials with the native customs and their suspicions, marries his friend's sister, Kalua. Their marriage is barren of children. A final blow to Andre comes with the eruption of a volcano and island's holy man, The Kahuna, decides that the volcano can only be appeased with the sacrifice of Kalua. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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14 March 1951 (USA)  »

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Ave do Paraíso  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 31, 1951 with Debra Paget, Louis Jordan and Jeff Chandler reprising their film roles. See more »

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Polynesian Beauty
19 March 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

I'm an anthropologist and have been one for over 30 years. One of the reasons I decided to study this field, believe it or not, were the island films. They fascinated me as a kid. This one is no exception. I saw it in '51 at least a dozen times. I ate it up and craved more. Also, I lapped up the Dottie Lamour and Jon Hall films as well as Burt Lancaster's His Majesty O'Keefe. Well, truth is I never got to the islands during all of my professional career. The closest was a port of call at Pearl Harbor on the way to Japan when I was in the Navy. But, the portrayal of these people, however flawed in detail it was, started me on the road to finding out about how we humans differ and yet, are really the same. I loved this film. It has much to offer. No, it's not perfect and I concur with the reviewer from Spain on Chandler's wooden dancing, but with that iron-grey hair and dark Jewish face, he did make a convincing Polynesian. Too, let's not overlook the hamboning of old Maurice Schwartz, some good villainous moments by Jack Elam and a dark, mysterious presentation by the veteran actor, Everett Sloane. Jourdan was French and charming and Debra Paget was beautiful. That alone was worth the price of admission.


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