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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
Maurice Schwartz ...
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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Referenced in Mama's Family: Have It Mama's Way (1987) See more »

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I will never forget Kalua!
9 May 2008 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I will never forget when I saw "Bird of paradise" and I have never forgotten the name Debra Paget. I was 16 years old, it was in 1952 and the movie was shown at the local cinema, a tiny place hiding under the pine trees in the village in mid-Sweden where I grew up. It was a winter evening and I was deeply moved when walking home alone through the snow. Never shall I forget that TERRIBLE moment when Kalua jumped over the edge of the volcano! Oh, no!!! She was so beautiful and I loved her so much. Of course the volcano's eruption immediately stopped when this wonderful woman sacrificed herself for her people. The story represented something frightening and unknown to me, still remembering it after all these years. I tried to understand how parents could think in the way they did, slowly realizing that that there were different ways to look at life out there. Movie at it's best!


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