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White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 10 November 1928 (USA)
An alcoholic doctor on a Polynesian island, disgusted by white exploitation of the natives, finds himself marooned on a pristinely beautiful island.

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke, Robert J. Flaherty (uncredited)

Writers:

Frederick O'Brien (famous novel), Ray Doyle (compiled by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Monte Blue ... Dr. Matthew Lloyd
Raquel Torres ... Fayaway
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Storyline

Matthew Lloyd has drifted away from a respectable career as a physician, and lives a mediocre existence in a Polynesian island. There, pearl-trader Sebastian and his associates recklessly exploit the natives working for them as divers. After witnessing the appalling consequences of "civilization" on the local population, Matthew vehemently condemns Sebastian's greed and ruthlessness. Sebastian, however, will not shy away from any means to crush opposition to his activities. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bele sence See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences, music and sound effects)| Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first movie in which Leo the MGM lion, roared during the introduction. See more »

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The drowned young man's left arm moves by itself. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Matthew Lloyd: For God's sake, go away, Sebastian... these people are like birds... like flowers... they are like man was before he lost the Garden of Eden...
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Connections

Referenced in The Motion Picture Camera (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Flower of Love
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by William Axt and David Mendoza
Lyrics by Dave Dreyer and Herman Ruby
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30 June 2017 | by somejavaSee all my reviews

Over time I've noticed how much I enjoy the pace of silent movies. Not being pushed and hurried is a very welcoming experience. Also the fact, that, in between the written dialog...you only rely on the physical expressions of the actors and your own imagination. And in my opinion that allows the viewer to enjoy the movie in his or her own unique way. This holds true for all silent movies. This movie would certainly seem to have been ahead of it's time. The statement made was loud and clear. The acting was good. The underwater scenes and the context they were presented in probably had the most impact on me.


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