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King of the Islands (1936)

A shipwrecked sailor, originally from New York, is washed up on the shores of the tropical island of Wally-Wally. The natives of island welcome him with open arms. He immediately falls in ... See full summary »


Ralph Staub


Joe Traub (story and screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Wini Shaw ... Princess of the Island (as Winifred Shaw)
Warren Hymer ... A Shipwrecked Sailor
Edward McWade ... The Princess' Father
George Beranger ... The Witch Doctor (as Andre Beranger)
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A shipwrecked sailor, originally from New York, is washed up on the shores of the tropical island of Wally-Wally. The natives of island welcome him with open arms. He immediately falls in love at first sight with who he learns is the Princess of the island who is betrothed to the local volcano, which she understands is her fate for the good of the island. The sailor does whatever he can to make her fall in love with him. Unknown to him, she has fallen in love with him, but knowing her role on the island, she does whatever she can either to fall out of love with him or for him to fall out of love with her. Ultimately he does end up getting married on the island, but is the Princess his bride? Written by Huggo

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Vitaphone production reels #7234-7235. See more »


A Shipwrecked Sailor: Look, I'm in love with a gurl; but, she won't give me a tumble. Now, what can I do?
The Witch Doctor: A love scent.
A Shipwrecked Sailor: Okay. Mix me up.
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Edited into Musical Movieland (1944) See more »


Music by Sol Hoopii Jr.
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Only Worth It for the Color
5 January 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

King of the Islands (1936)

** (out of 4)

Technicolor short from MGM has a shipwrecked sailor (Warren Hymer) washing on shore of an island where the locals believe they have to give their Princess (Wini Shaw) to the volcano. The street-talking, NYC native decides he loves the Princess so he tries to win her heart. This film is like so-many early Technicolor films in that it's great to watch for the colors but everything else is pretty much lacking. The actual story is rather lame and it's doubtful anyone will fall for the love story going on. I think it's fair to say that everyone knew the important thing was the color so the story, direction and musical numbers were mailed in. We get two or three musical numbers but not a single second of any of them are entertaining or worth viewing. At twenty-minutes the film goes on way too long without anything interesting happening. Shaw and her rather provocative top are nice to look at but Hymer's mugging of the screen isn't all that charming. As many bad things that are here I must still recommend the movie for those who are interested in the early color films. The entire "look" of the film is marvelous and we get some really beautiful looking scenes including the colors at the top of the coconut tree. You'll certainly notice the scene when it happens because the colors are simply amazing.

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Release Date:

22 February 1936 (USA) See more »

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Broadway Brevities (1935-1936 season) #16: King of the Islands See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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