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Paradise Isle (1937)

A blind artist is on his way to Java to see a doctor about an operation to restore his sight when the ship sinks and he washes up on a tropical island. A native girl finds him and begins to... See full summary »


Arthur Greville Collins (as Arthur Greville)


Allan Vaughan Elston (story "The Belled Palm"), Marion Orth (adaptation)

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Cast overview:
Movita ... Ila
Warren Hull ... Kennedy
William B. Davidson ... Hoener
John St. Polis ... Coxon
George Piltz George Piltz ... Tono (as George Pilita)
Pierre Watkin ... Steinmeyer
Kenneth Harlan ... Johnson
Russell Simpson ... Baxter
Tau Mana Tau Mana ... Islander
Malia Makua Malia Makua ... Islander


A blind artist is on his way to Java to see a doctor about an operation to restore his sight when the ship sinks and he washes up on a tropical island. A native girl finds him and begins to nurse him back to health. However, the girl's boyfriend wants the artist out of the picture so he can have her to himself, and the only other white man on the island also wants the artist out or the picture so he can cheat the girl out of her prized possession, a large black pearl. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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SHE LONGED FOR HIS STRONG ARMS! Tighter and tighter he held her as the dark night drew closer about them---and then as their lips met they knew they could not live without each other - even though love was denied them! See more »


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Release Date:

21 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siren of the South Seas See more »

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its first telecast Friday 21 November 1941 on New York City's pioneer commercial television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII televiewers got their first look at it in New York City Monday 15 May 1950 on WATV (Channel 13) and again Monday 29 May 1950 on Four Star Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »


At c.5 minutes Kennedy is seen falling, exhausted, to the ground onto (or at least very near) a large log lying on the ground. However, in the shot immediately afterwards, when he is lying inert after his fall, there is no log to be found anywhere near him. See more »


Referenced in A Bride for Henry (1937) See more »


Paradise Isle
Written by Lani McIntyre and Napo Tuiteleleapaga
Sung by Warren Hull
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It's passable entertainment and nothing more
22 July 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins on a small Polynesian island where Movita lives along with her people. A White guy (Warren Hull) washes up on the beach and she nurses him back to health. Once he regained his strength, she finds out he was on a ship that wrecked that was taking him to see a doctor about an operation to restore his sight, though Movita is thrilled to keep him whether he's blind or not. Unfortunately, a young islander loves her and wants her new boyfriend to go, so he makes a dangerous voyage in a small boat to other islands to try and find this doctor. In the meantime, the only other White man on the island is a dirt-bag that decides to pretend to have the doctor to cheat Movita out of her most desirable treasure--a huge black pearl. After cheating her and giving Hull false hope, all is not lost as the real doctor shows and operates. But will Hull stay behind or abandon his loyal Movita? Watch this film and see for yourself.

This is a very capably done movie by poverty row studio, Monogram. Considering how cheap the productions generally were, this is a very good Monogram film. However, being not especially interesting or compelling, it's nothing more than a time-passer that has lapsed into the public domain.

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