Review: ‘Bird of Paradise’

The old Richard Walton Tully stage perennial stands the test of the innumerable South Seas pictures that have been done since its stage production way back yonder.

The old Richard Walton Tully stage perennial stands the test of the innumerable South Seas pictures that have been done since its stage production way back yonder.

Outside of its romantic side, the subject’s greatest asset is the truly fine performance of Dolores Del Rio as the savage princess Luana. The punch of her performance is admirably supplemented by the playing of the stalwart Joel McCrea, who plays simply and with natural grace a romantic role that has been tested by the years for its basic appeal.

Spectacular side of the production has received handsome treatment by director King Vidor. Possibilities for stunning tropical Hawaiian scenery have been realized to the fullest.

Story gets into motion promptly aboard a pleasure yacht carrying a group of Americans on a jaunt, with one of the amateur skippers driving the ship under full canvas in a stiff wind through a tricky channel into an atoll. Yacht comes safely to anchor and the natives come out to greet it, opening the story neatly.

Bird of Paradise

Production

Radio. Director King Vidor; Producer David O. Selznick; Screenplay Wells Root, Leonard Praskins, Wanda Tuchock; Camera Clyde DeVinna; Music Max Steiner

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

Dolores Del Rio Joel McCrea John Halliday Lon Chaney Jr Skeets Gallagher Bert Roach
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