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Directed by: King Vidor 1932 | 80 min.

Section: The Pacific 'Other': A Retrospective


Sponsored by:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

From legendary Oscar®-winning director King Vidor (The Crowd, Duel in the Sun) comes an exotic tale of romance set in gorgeous Polynesia: BIRD OF PARADISE.

Johnny (Joel McCrea) is an intrepid young sailor traveling the South Seas who falls in love with Luana (Dolores del Rio), the beautiful daughter of an island chief. But Luana is betrothed to a neighboring native prince, and is soon to be married. With little thought to the future, Johnny and Luana elope together, searching for paradise in each other’s arms.

With McCrea at his most dashing and del Rio at her alluring height, BIRD OF PARADISE is a movie of wild eroticism and thrilling adventure, and not to be missed.


Sunday, October 20 4:30 PM Doris Duke Theatre Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director King Vidor
Screenwriter Leonard Praskins, Wells Roots
Producer King Vidor, David O. Selznick
Cast Dolores del Rio, Joel McCrea, John Halliday, Richard “Skeets” Gallagher, Bert Roach, Lon Channry Jr., Wade Boteler
Cinematographer Lucien Andriot, Edward Cronjager, Clyde De Vinna
Editor Archie Marshek
Music Composer Max Steiner

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