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The Pagan (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 27 April 1929 (USA)
A carefree South Seas native falls for the half-caste ward of a religious white man who desires her for himself.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

John Russell (from the story by), Dorothy Farnum (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Henry Shoesmith, Jr.
Renée Adorée ... Madge
Donald Crisp ... Mr. Roger Slater
Dorothy Janis ... Tito
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Storyline

Henry, the pagan son of a white father and native mother, has inherited land and a store, but he prefers the simple life. When he falls in love with a native girl, her guardian, who is trying to bring her up as a 'proper' Christian, but who also lusts after her himself, plots to keep them apart. Written by David Eickemeyer

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Hail a New Novarro! Entirely different from any of his past triumphs, but a romantic role to match his greatest. (Print Ad- Telegraph and Times Journal,((Dubuque, Iowa)) 8 September 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Polynesian

Release Date:

27 April 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Pagão See more »

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Budget:

$293,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print) | (Turner Library print) (19. (silent)

Sound Mix:

Silent (MovieTone) (synchronized music score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

"Produced and photographed in the Paumotu Islands of the South Seas." See more »

Quotes

Henry Shoesmith, Jr.: Te imi mai nei oe ia'u Shoesmith?
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Soundtracks

Jesus Loves Me
(1860) (uncredited)
Music by William B. Bradbury (1862)
Lyrics by Anna B. Warner (1860) and David Rutherford McGuire
Sung by the church congregation in their native language
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Actually first talkie sequences for Ramon Novarro
27 March 2006 | by kevintdohertySee all my reviews

While this film is a silent with synchronized score, there are two short scenes where Novarro sings a portion of the theme, "Pagan Love Song". First, when he is thrown off the boat by Donald Crisp and toward the climatic end when he lays down, humming the tune, and finds Crisp's cane.

You can hear him tapping the cane against the bamboo hut "live", not added sound. Both of these scenes are in perfect sync (probably Vitaphone--sounds like disc surface noise). You can usually tell the "sound stage sound" as opposed to studio sound added later.

The reason for these two short sequences is probably because the film was filmed "on location" in the Pacific. At that time, location sound recording would have not been practical. The scenes were most likely shot on a sound stage at M-G-M. Many silents were still in production in 1929. Adding sound sequences, or "goat glands", as they were called, was a transitional way of making silents "part-talkies", as referred by Photoplay magazine.


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