Bird of ParadiseDirector: King Vidor, Dolores Del Rio, Joel McCrea, John Halliday
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Having inherited the warhorse stage piece Bird of Paradise from his predecessor William LeBaron, RKO Radio production chief David O. Selznick opted to do the property up brown, hoping to transform the Richard Walton Tully original into RKO's "prestige" offering of 1932. Joel McCrea stars as a handsome South Seas soldier of fortune who falls in love with Dolores Del Rio, the daughter of a Polynesian native chieftain. Alas, their idyllic romance is destined to come to a sudden and violent end: tribal custom decrees that Del Rio is to be sacrificed to the local volcano. After initial resistance, the heroine nobly resigns herself to her fate, realizing that there is no place for her in her white lover's civilization. Beset with production problems throughout its shooting -- an expensive location jaunt to Hawaii came a-cropper due to consistently bad weather -- Bird of Paradise went too far over budget to make any sort of acceptable profit. Even so, and despite the corniness of the dialogue and situations, the film holds up quite well today. In addition, Dolores Del Rio is a knockout, especially during her surprisingly explicit nude swimming sequences. A more conservative (and far less costly) version of Bird of Paradise was filmed in 1952, with Jeff Chandler and Debra Paget.
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Cast & Crew
|Dolores Del Rio||Luana|
|Joel McCrea||Johnny Baker|
|Richard "Skeets" Gallagher||Chester|
|Agostino Borgato||Medicine man|
|Sophie Ortego||Old Native Woman|
|Wade Boteler||Skipper Johnson|
|Carroll Clark||Art Director|
|Edward J. Cronjager||Cinematographer|
|Clyde de Vinna||Cinematographer|
|David O. Selznick||Producer|
|Max Steiner||Score Composer|
1. Chapter 1 [15:58]
2. Chapter 2 [12:43]
3. Chapter 3 [14:05]
4. Chapter 4 [12:46]
5. Chapter 5 [16:52]
6. Chapter 6 [9:03]
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The color version of this movie that stared Debra Paget...Louis Jordan...Jeff Chandler (and also a few of my family members....I am Hawaiian) played on television a number of years back and I was SMART enough to have taped it since this is MY FAVORITE MOVIE of ALL TIMES...but I would surely LOVE to have a Professionally done video also!!!!
I LOVE version with Debra Paget. It played on Saturday Night At The Movies when I was a kid. Wonderful Love Story. If anyone knows where I can get this copy please advise.
I viewed the 1952 color version at the Paramount Movie Palace in my home town when I was 9 years old. Unfortunately I didn't see the ending until 1980 when it was shown on TV because I ran out of the theater in horror with tears streaming down my face when Debra Paget jumped into the volcano. She was so beautiful and .... The B&W 1932 version with Joel McCrea gets all the press but doesn't hold a candle to the much overlooked 1952 color version with Jeff Chandler and Debra Paget. The question is Where is the 1952 version and where can I get a copy?
I loved this movie. Debra paget and louis jourdan were my favorite. Seen this in hawaii many times when i was a little girl. Have searched high and low for this movie. Did see it on tv years ago too. This is the best bird of paradise movie. Could not get any luck here in beverly hills for this movie.
I had watched that movie when i was 7 or 8 yrs old and i just fell in love with that movie. i since have left calif and has never seen it again,I have looked high and low for a video of it and can't find it anywhere. i don't care for the 30's version but 1952 was an always will be the BEST. Debra pagent was awesome and so was everyone in the movie,and louis oh he was terrific. if any can please tell me where i can find this movie please let me know. thank u