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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.

Director:

A. Edward Sutherland (as Edward Sutherland)

Writers:

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

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

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

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A Year from Today
(uncredited)
Written by Dave Dreyer, Al Jolson and Ballard MacDonald
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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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