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Paradise Island (1930)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Music | 15 July 1930 (USA)
Ellen Bradford comes to the south sea island of Tonga to marry her fiancée and finds out he is a drunk. She also finds out that she is the only white woman on the island and, as such, has ... See full summary »

Director:

Bert Glennon

Writers:

M.B. Deering (story), Monte M. Katterjohn (scenario and dialogue) (as Monte Katterjohn)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kenneth Harlan ... Jim Thorne
Marceline Day ... Ellen Bradford
Tom Santschi ... Dutch Mike Lutze
Paul Hurst ... Beauty
Betty Boyd ... Poppi
Victor Potel ... Swede
Gladden James ... Roy Armstrong
Will Stanton ... Limey
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Ellen Bradford comes to the south sea island of Tonga to marry her fiancée and finds out he is a drunk. She also finds out that she is the only white woman on the island and, as such, has three men taking a deep interest in her. She has written off her fiancée, and has learned real quick like that "Dutch Mike" Lutze is not to be trusted in any way. That leaves Jim Thorne, the only man who has ever bested Lutze in anything and, while Jim is an adventurer and pirate-at-heart, he knows how to be a gentleman, especially to the only white woman in town or on the island. Lutze is offended. They play poker for a plantation, Ellen, and all the pearls in the Pacific. Loser gets Poppi. Lutz has a marked deck of cards. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Heart-throbs and thrills on afar-away isle where every man is his own law and he takes what he wants...and two deadly enemies want the same girl! (original ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha do Paraíso See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tiffany Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The jungle village set had previously been used in Tiffany's Technicolor production of Mamba (1930). See more »

Quotes

Jim Thorne: Ahhh... he's turned pansy!
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Soundtracks

Drinking Song
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Val Burton
Music by Will Jason
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He's Got A Girl On Every Island, But Does He Have Marceline Day?
15 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Marceline Day comes into the tropical island to marry Gladden James, but he's been drinking heavily, not tending to the plantation and has lost half the deed to Tom Santschi. He promises to reform, and she says she'll marry him when he's made a success. Fortunately, piratical Kenneth Harlan is around whenever she needs a strong man.

It's one of those kitchen-sink movies of the era, with a musical number for Mr. Harlan and Miss Day, which means they're the leads. Marceline is quite lovely in this early talkie. Mr. Harlan is a likable rogue. If you're not familiar with his faded star, he reminds me of the better-remembered Preston Foster. Mr. James is balding, which pretty much puts him out of the running, and Santschi is a thorough scoundrel. With Paul Hurst, and a late credit for Betty Boyd as a tropical temptress.


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