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Bird of Paradise (1932)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 12 August 1932 (USA)
A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Richard Walton Tully (play), Wells Root (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dolores del Rio ... Luana
Joel McCrea ... Johnny Baker
John Halliday ... Mac
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Chester
Bert Roach ... Hector
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Thornton (as Creighton Chaney)
Wade Boteler ... Skipper Johnson
Arnold Gray ... Walker
Reginald Simpson Reginald Simpson ... O'Fallon
Napoleon Pukui Napoleon Pukui ... The King
Agostino Borgato Agostino Borgato ... Medicine Man
Sofia Ortega Sofia Ortega ... Mahumahu
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Storyline

A young man falls overboard and is saved by a beautiful Polynesian girl. They fall in love, but their idyll is smashed when the local volcano begins to erupt. The man discovers that the local custom is to sacrifice a young woman to the volcanic gods. They try to escape but realize that "east is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet." Written by Ed Lorusso

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Taglines:

Hissing Lava Stains the Night with Red! (Print Ad-Peekskill Evening Star,((Peekskill, NY)) 24 September 1932)


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

12 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ave do Paraíso See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The tribal dances were choreographed by Busby Berkeley. See more »

Quotes

Luana: I happy, Johnny. I happy you steal me away and we live together. I happy you teach me kiss. I happy you hold me. I happy for everything! It was best thing that ever come to me.
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sexy precode
21 August 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

One really couldn't ask for more than hunky Joel MCrea and gorgeous Delores del Rio as eye candy in "Bird of Paradise," a 1932 film - which makes it precode and quite sexy. McCrea plays a young man on a yachting trip who is saved from a shark by a South seas beauty named Luana; he decides to stay on awhile. When it becomes clear to him that she is to be sacrificed to the volcano Pele, the two escape to an island, where they lead an idyllic life together. Eventually his friends return for him, and he assumes Luana will go with him.

Not a huge amount of dialogue, but lots to look at in this King Vidor film, which has jungle choreography by Busby Berkley and music by Max Steiner, both pre-Warner Brothers. Del Rio doesn't wear much; in fact, she has a nude swimming scene. McCrea here is very athletic.

Amazing what they were able to do precode that in a couple of years would be taboo. Worth seeing. Del Rio was one of the most beautiful stars ever, and McCrea one of the most appealing.


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