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Bird of Paradise (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 14 March 1951 (USA)
An island Princess falls for a visiting Frenchman, but her people are against it.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Richard Walton Tully (play), Delmer Daves (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Debra Paget ... Kalua
Louis Jourdan ... Andre Laurence
Jeff Chandler ... Tenga
Everett Sloane ... The Akua
Maurice Schwartz ... The Kahuna
Jack Elam ... The Trader
Prince Leilani Prince Leilani ... Chief (as Prince Lei Lani)
Otto Waldis ... Skipper
Alfred Zeisler Alfred Zeisler ... Van Hook
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Storyline

André Laurence accompanies his college roommate, Tenga, back to Tenga's Polynesian island home. There, André assumes the native life and, after many trials with the native customs and their suspicions, marries his friend's sister, Kalua. Their marriage is barren of children. A final blow to André comes with the eruption of a volcano, and the island's holy man, the Kahuna, decides that the volcano can only be appeased with the sacrifice of Kalua. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ave do Paraíso See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 31, 1951, with Debra Paget, Louis Jourdan, and Jeff Chandler reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Tenga: There was a storm in the night. After a storm, sharks are hungry at attack. Beware!
Andre Laurence: Do they like white meat?
Tenga: It is said they prefer it.
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Referenced in Mama's Family: Have It Mama's Way (1987) See more »

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A man from San Juan
21 May 2001 | by calichSee all my reviews

Bird of Paradise is a movie that stays in your mind after you see it for its fascinating story,natural sceneries and acting.Debra Paget is so sweet and sweet and sweet in her performance of "Kalua".Just remember the final scene when her lover (Louis Jourdan) is leaving the island after the volcano eruption, and he is thinking and remembering her,and the spectator can see that beautiful sweet smile of Kalua.Jourdan's acting was very good also as the lover. I dont know if the negative of this film has been lost or what.But is a good question why the studios has not released this film already on video.The only one available is the one of the 30's. I think we should have available on VHS and DVD this wonderful 1951 version. An amazing love story.


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