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Bird of Paradise Details

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Having inherited the warhorse stage piece 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 was filmed in 1952, with Jeff Chandler and Debra Paget. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Dolores Del Rio
as Luana
Joel McCrea
as Johnny Baker
John Halliday
as Mac
Lon Chaney, Jr.
as Thornton
Richard "Skeets" Gallagher
as Chester
Bert Roach
as Hector
Creighton Hale
as Thornton
Wade Boteler
as Skipper Johnson
Reginald Simpson
Creighton Hale
as Thornton
Wade Boteler
as Skipper Johnson

Crew

King Vidor
Director
David O. Selznick
Producer
Leonard Praskins
Screenwriter
Wells Root
Screenwriter
Wanda Tuchock
Screenwriter
Edward J. Cronjager
Cinematographer
Clyde de Vinna
Cinematographer
Lucien Andriot
Cinematographer
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Busby Berkeley
Choreography
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