Yachtsman Steve Drexel bets his friends that he can swim ashore on a remote south-seas island with nothing but a toothbrush and be 'living the life of Riley' when they return. With handmade implements the lighthearted, athletic Steve improbably builds a comfortable home with all amenities...and local fauna trained to help him! Meanwhile, a grass-skirted young lady flees an unwelcome wedding on a nearby island. Steve calls her Saturday, but what is he to do with her?Written by
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Composer Alfred Newman recycled the main theme from this film for another South Seas-set film, The Hurricane (1937). To promote that film, the theme was adapted into a pop song, "Moon of Manakoora," which became a major hit for Bing Crosby. See more »
Early talkie set in the South Seas with Douglas Fairbanks Sr as intrepid adventurer
From the time Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden , man has vainly sought to find solace , comfort and earthly pleasure in an artificial world of his own creation . Down through the ages has come that eternal heritage - the urge in every man to turn his back on so - called civilization , to get back to nature and revel in the glories and freedom of a primitive paradise . Three friends ( a kind Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, and Earl Brown ) aboard a boat are going to chase tigers at Sumatra . They do a bet that nice Fairbanks can live on a desert island for a year and will have good life without being left any refinements of civilization . While his friends stake he will be tied on a pole and eaten by cannibals . Lucky for him , a native ( Maria Alba) arrives and saves him . Meantime friendly Fairbans puts on a tree ¨arrived on island June first ¨ and his friends at Sumatra get firearms permit . This will allow the gentlemen firearms into the Dutch East Indies to hunt tigers . At the ending the native girl dances in the Ziegfeld Follies show .
The players with Mr. Douglas Fairbanks include Mr William Farnum , Mr Earl Brown , Miss Maria Alba and native chiefs, tribes men and native girls in Tahiti , Fiji , Samoa , and the Marquesas islands . Charming Douglas Fairbanks steals the show as he bounds and leaps , flies and run ; in addition he is the screenwriter of this rollicking adventure based on a story by Elton Thomas . The movie contains brief nudism scenes , pre-Hays code , reflected on water in charge of Maria Alba and amusing scenes about antics between a sympathetic monkey, dog and a goat . Atmospheric and evocative musical score by the classic Alfred Newman . The picture is professionally directed by A. Edward Sutherland . He is an expert on all kind of genres as suspense as ¨The invisible woman (1940)¨ , and his specialty is the comedy with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy vehicles as ¨Flying deuces ¨ and the Bud Abbot and Lou Costello's debut titled ¨ One night in the Tropics (40) ¨ and directed a Christmas classic movie titled ¨ Beyond Christmas (40) ¨ . Rating : 5,5 . Acceptable and passable .
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