The Globe Broadcasting Company does a radio broadcast from Dutch New Guinea, with the aborigines as performers.



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Complete credited cast:
Harry Jans ...
Mr. Jans
Harold Whalen ...
Mr. Whalen
Eleanor Thatcher ...
Joyzelle Joyner ...
Panther Lady (as Joyzelle)
Helena Grant ...
Singer (as Helene Grant)
Eddie Baker ...
Elmer (as Edward Baker)
M-G-M Dancing Girls ...
Native Dancers (as M.G.M. Dancing Girls)


Mr. Jans, the idea man at Globe Broadcasting Company, is about to lose his job because he's come up with no ideas. He proposes a broadcast from Dutch New Guinea, a land that hasn't changed in 10,000 years. His boss, Maxwell, approves the idea and sends Jans and Whalen, agreeing to pay Jans $5000 if the show succeeds. Once in New Guinea, the two radio men must audition the local talent then do the show. Singers, dancers, and a band perform. Meanwhile, Whalen can't remember why he tied a string around one of his fingers. What does he need to remember? Written by <>

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Short | Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

4 February 1933 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


(2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Former Mack Sennett bathing beauty Thelma Hill appears uncredited as a blonde cave woman. This was her only color film. See more »


Frühlingslied (Spring Song)
(1842) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played during the couple's discussion of marriage
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Decent Pre-Code Musical
3 September 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Wild People (1932)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Mildly entertaining short from MGM has a couple guys (Harry Jans, Harold Whalen) working for a radio company needing to find new talent. They travel to an unknown island where civilization hasn't changed much over the past thousand years and they find some weird tropical dancers and talented singers. This 17-minute short has a few interesting moments that make it worth viewing even if the actual songs are rather bland and boring. What makes this thing so interesting is that it was shot in 2-strip Technicolor and I'm sure there are many film buffs like myself who enjoy watching this early color process. The print shown on TCM was in pretty rough shape but there was enough detail to make your eyes melt into the screen and put a smile on your face. Another plus are some rather sexual pre-Code moments with the MGM Dancing Girls wearing some very short skirts and shaking their hips. It doesn't sound like much today but for 1932 it was pretty risky. The "comedy" from Jans and Whalen was pretty lame but I do wonderful about the underline notes of them two constantly dancing with each other and being more interested in each other than the actual girls on screen.

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