Watch: Bird of Paradise 1932 123movies, Full Movie Online – A young man falls overboard and is saved by a beautiful Polynesian girl. They fall in love, but their idyll is smashed when the local volcano begins to erupt. The man discovers that the local custom is to sacrifice a young woman to the volcanic gods. They try to escape but realize that “east is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet.”.
Plot: When a young South Seas sailor falls overboard, the beautiful daughter of a Polynesian king dives in and saves his life. Thus begins the romance of Johnny and Luana. Though Luana is promised to another man, Johnny whisks her away, and for a brief time the lovers live very happily together. But, when a local volcano threatens their lives, Luana knows that she must sacrifice herself to the volcanic gods in order to save her island.
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The story told in ‘Bird of Paradise’ is simple and somewhat of a cliché – a white sailor (Joel McCrea) falls in love with a native woman (Dolores del Rio) on a tropical island, but their romance is forbidden, and they must flee to be together. This “white man / native woman” romance would spawn a number of similar movies over the following decades, and this one has the added drama that del Rio is meant to be sacrificed into a volcano to appease Pele.
Despite the simple story and some stereotypical treatment of native cultures, this is a highly entertaining movie. It’s very well done, as McCrea and del Rio ooze natural sex appeal, and the cinematography in Hawaii is gorgeous. There are hula and other tribal dances which were choreographed by Busby Berkeley, and a beautiful score from Max Steiner. Director King Vidor also took full advantage of what was permissible pre-Code. We see a lot of skin, playful attraction and kissing, and a nude underwater scene two years before a similar one would appear in ‘Tarzan and His Mate’. (And interestingly enough, there is also a Tarzan-like yell, and this was in the same year as the first ‘Tarzan’). Dolores del Rio is beautiful and alluring in this movie, and her scenes with McCrea are charged with eroticism. I loved some of the special effects as well – the movie has a pretty cool whirlpool scene, lava flow, and of course, the volcano. I suppose this movie and others like it are based on male fantasy, but if you’re OK with that, this one really delivers.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 20 min (80 min), 1 hr 22 min (82 min) (FMC Library Print) (USA)
Genre Adventure, Drama, Romance
Director King Vidor
Writer Richard Walton Tully, Wells Root, Wanda Tuchock
Actors Dolores del Rio, Joel McCrea, John Halliday
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,233.85 m (8 reels) (UK)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm