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Bird of Paradise (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 14 March 1951 (USA)
An island Princess falls for a visiting Frenchman, but her people are against it.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Richard Walton Tully (play), Delmer Daves (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Debra Paget ... Kalua
Louis Jourdan ... Andre Laurence
Jeff Chandler ... Tenga
Everett Sloane ... The Akua
Maurice Schwartz ... The Kahuna
Jack Elam ... The Trader
Prince Leilani Prince Leilani ... Chief (as Prince Lei Lani)
Otto Waldis ... Skipper
Alfred Zeisler Alfred Zeisler ... Van Hook
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Storyline

André Laurence accompanies his college roommate, Tenga, back to Tenga's Polynesian island home. There, André assumes the native life and, after many trials with the native customs and their suspicions, marries his friend's sister, Kalua. Their marriage is barren of children. A final blow to André comes with the eruption of a volcano, and the island's holy man, the Kahuna, decides that the volcano can only be appeased with the sacrifice of Kalua. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ave do Paraíso See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 31, 1951, with Debra Paget, Louis Jourdan, and Jeff Chandler reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Tenga: There was a storm in the night. After a storm, sharks are hungry at attack. Beware!
Andre Laurence: Do they like white meat?
Tenga: It is said they prefer it.
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Version of Bird of Paradise (1932) See more »

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45 and never saw a better movie yet!!!!!
12 April 2002 | by yoshiyukiSee all my reviews

My family and i just loved this movie when we first saw it over 27 and a half yrs ago. we have not seen another one better. I too can not find this film anywhere.I have searched i don't know how many movie stores their is in hawaii and california and can't find it. The best part of all i love about his film is when kalua rubs her face against that red material in the end when andre is remebering her she looked beyond outstanding, absolutely ravishing, it's a shame they don't have it out on vhs or dvd by now what, on earth is the problem. I must say since that last time i saw that movie i was so glad i was with my family both parents and sisters and brothers if i were to watch it today i'd feel alittle empty because all my sisters and brothers are all over the world with families of their own and both my parents has passed, but i have children and grandchildren i'd love to watch this movie with, one great reason is because their is no violence,no nudity,no swearing,just a good clean home movie. so thank you for letting me express my comments and i hope to see that movie again before my time is over. I highly recommend this movie to anyone both young and old it's a movie you'll never forget............................. aloha


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