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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)




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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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 »


Featured in Minute Movie Masterpieces (1989) See more »


Fight On
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Early talkie set in the South Seas with Douglas Fairbanks Sr as intrepid adventurer
13 July 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

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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19 August 1932 (USA) See more »

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Fiji See more »

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Elton Productions See more »
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