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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 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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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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Remake of the 1932 film but does not include the nude swimming sequence of the original. The main female character also never appears topless with a lei covering her breasts. See more »

Quotes

The Trader: Capitán! Capitán! Stop'im! He's gonna throw me to the sharks!
Skipper: That is good! Throw him. Sharks will vomit.
Tenga: I'm going up forward. The air is fresher there.
The Trader: How come he speaks English good?
Andre Laurence: We went to the same university.
The Trader: University? School?
Andre Laurence: Yeah.
The Trader: Then he is Tenga?
Andre Laurence: That's right, that's his name.
The Trader: I know all about him! He ain't no Kanaka. He's quarter white. His grandpa was a white man.
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Polynesian Beauty
19 March 2001 | by artzauSee all my reviews

I'm an anthropologist and have been one for over 30 years. One of the reasons I decided to study this field, believe it or not, were the island films. They fascinated me as a kid. This one is no exception. I saw it in '51 at least a dozen times. I ate it up and craved more. Also, I lapped up the Dottie Lamour and Jon Hall films as well as Burt Lancaster's His Majesty O'Keefe. Well, truth is I never got to the islands during all of my professional career. The closest was a port of call at Pearl Harbor on the way to Japan when I was in the Navy. But, the portrayal of these people, however flawed in detail it was, started me on the road to finding out about how we humans differ and yet, are really the same. I loved this film. It has much to offer. No, it's not perfect and I concur with the reviewer from Spain on Chandler's wooden dancing, but with that iron-grey hair and dark Jewish face, he did make a convincing Polynesian. Too, let's not overlook the hamboning of old Maurice Schwartz, some good villainous moments by Jack Elam and a dark, mysterious presentation by the veteran actor, Everett Sloane. Jourdan was French and charming and Debra Paget was beautiful. That alone was worth the price of admission.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ave del paraíso See more »

Filming Locations:

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

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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