Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Dolores Del Rio
Director: King Vidor Cast: Dolores Del Rio
Dolores Del Rio
, Joel McCrea
Joel McCrea
, John Halliday
John Halliday
King Vidor

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Overview

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. A more conservative (and far less costly) version of Bird of Paradise was filmed in 1952, with Jeff Chandler and Debra Paget.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2017
UPC: 0889290242860
Original Release: 1932
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 33,663

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dolores Del Rio Luana
Joel McCrea Johnny Baker
John Halliday Mac
Lon Chaney Thornton
Richard "Skeets" Gallagher Chester
Bert Roach Hector
Pukai The King
Agostino Borgato Medicine man
Sophie Ortego Old Native Woman
Creighton Hale Thornton
Wade Boteler Skipper Johnson
Arnold Gray Actor
Reginald Simpson Actor

Technical Credits
King Vidor Director
Lucien Andriot Cinematographer
Busby Berkeley Choreography
Carroll Clark Art Director
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Clyde de Vinna Cinematographer
Peter DeRose Choreography
Leonard Praskins Screenwriter
Wells Root Screenwriter
Milia Rosa Songwriter
David O. Selznick Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Wanda Tuchock Screenwriter

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