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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Lon Chaney Jr., billed under his real name of Creighton Chaney. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Baker: [to Luana] You take a little, now See how you like it.
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Connections

Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

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An Enjoyable Way to Spend An Hour
6 April 2007 | by timothymcclenaghanSee all my reviews

While the plot of this film may seem trite to us today, it was fresh and original in 1932 when it was made. This may well have been the first "throw the girl into the volcano" movie. Considering the technical limitations of film-making in 1932, the photography and special effects are quite good: the whirlpool, the erupting volcano and the river of lava.

Contradicting other postings to this website, I did not see a "rape" scene. What I saw was the male lead chase the female lead after she had been teasing him, then he wrestled her and pinned her down to introduce her to Western-style kissing. A rapist doesn't kiss his victim, and a rape victim would not want her attacker to continue kissing her.

The action of the plot moves quickly and is never bogged down by the dialog. This is an entertaining film, which you could view as you would any antique: it's charming for the era in which it was created.


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