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Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 19 August 1932 (USA)
After making a bet, Steve strands himself on uninhabited island.


A. Edward Sutherland (as Edward Sutherland)


Douglas Fairbanks (story) (as Elton Thomas), Thomas J. Geraghty (adaptation) (as Tom Geraghty)

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Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks ... Steve Drexel
William Farnum ... William Belmont
Earle Browne Earle Browne ... Prof. Carmichale
Maria Alba ... Saturday


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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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DOUG. FAIRBANKS in a Modern Comedy-Romance That Seethes With Laughs and Action!


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Release Date:

19 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tropical Knight See more »

Filming Locations:

Fiji See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Elton Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) See more »


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Sometimes simple is more and better.
29 April 2000 | by kartraboSee all my reviews

This often-overlooked adventure comedy is really quite fun.The plot,which was evidently written by the star under a different name,has Douglas Fairbanks,on a yachting trip to the south seas with wealthy friends suddenly challenged on a wager to spend a year on a tropical island with nothing to aid him but a hunting knife.That is the plot.Simple and yet enough to launch Fairbanks on a "Robinson Crusoe-like" adventure as he cleverly and in acrobatic fashion hews out a comfortable existence for himself.Does he find a loyal companion?Yes and it is native girl Maria Alba whom he names Saturday.As their romance develops there are typical dangers to be faced; storms,hostile natives etc.Ably directed by longtime silent veteran Edward Sutherland this picture is a delight for Fairbanks fans and adventure buffs.

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