A shipwrecked sailor, originally from New York, is washed up on the shores of the tropical island of Wally-Wally. The natives of island welcome him with open arms. He immediately falls in ... See full summary »
A shipwrecked sailor, originally from New York, is washed up on the shores of the tropical island of Wally-Wally. The natives of island welcome him with open arms. He immediately falls in love at first sight with who he learns is the Princess of the island who is betrothed to the local volcano, which she understands is her fate for the good of the island. The sailor does whatever he can to make her fall in love with him. Unknown to him, she has fallen in love with him, but knowing her role on the island, she does whatever she can either to fall out of love with him or for him to fall out of love with her. Ultimately he does end up getting married on the island, but is the Princess his bride? Written by
Warren Hymer is shipwrecked on the island of Wally-Wally, where Wini Shaw is scheduled to be thrown into a volcano, but nothing will stop her singing 'The Love Song of Kalua'.
Despite a certain amount of production numbers and mugging on the part of Hymer, the point of a lot of these early Technicolor shorts was to show off the Technicolor process. In this one, the dominant theme is variations on earth colors, browns and greens -- even the flowers are distinctly brownish -- to show off the naturalistic aura of the South Seas and the rather boring good taste of Natalie Kalmus, the ex-wife of Technicolor's founder. Eventually she was shipped off to Britain, where her advice was ignored by Powell and Pressberger.
Still, Miss Shaw is pretty and the chorines dancing the hula are graceful. There's also some interest in this as a technical artifact in the evolution of color in the movies.
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