Paradise Isle (1937)

70 or 73 mins | Drama | 21 July 1937

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HISTORY

The title card contained the subtitle, "A Romance of the South Seas." According to HR , Dorothy Reid took a technical and camera crew to Samoa to film background shots. With the exception of six Americans, the cast consisted mainly of native Polynesians. Both HR and FD note that in 1936, W. Ray Johnston purchased an original story by Sidney Brentwood entitled "Paradise Isle" for Monogram. He is not credited on the produced film, however, and it is not known if his story is related to this production. The film was re-issued in 1941 as Siren of the South Seas ... More Less

The title card contained the subtitle, "A Romance of the South Seas." According to HR , Dorothy Reid took a technical and camera crew to Samoa to film background shots. With the exception of six Americans, the cast consisted mainly of native Polynesians. Both HR and FD note that in 1936, W. Ray Johnston purchased an original story by Sidney Brentwood entitled "Paradise Isle" for Monogram. He is not credited on the produced film, however, and it is not known if his story is related to this production. The film was re-issued in 1941 as Siren of the South Seas . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10-Jul-37
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Daily Variety
1 Jul 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Jul 37
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Sep 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Feb 37
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
21 May 37
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
26 May 37
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jul 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Mar 41
p. 10.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Jul 37
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Aug 37
p. 62.
Variety
28 Jul 37
p. 27.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Scott R. Dunlap, Vice-President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
Adpt for the screen
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Belled Palm" by Allan Vaughan Elston in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (publication date undetermined).
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 July 1937
Production Date:
began 26 May 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 July 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7305
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3522
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Richard Kennedy, a blind painter, is washed up on a South Sea island, Ila, a native girl, finds him and cares for him until he recovers. Kennedy was on his way to Suba, another island, to see Dr. Otto Steinmeyer, a British doctor, for an operation to restore his sight. The white trader on the island, Hoener, refuses to take Kennedy to Suba because he has no money to pay for the trip. The other trader, who used to supply the island, won't return unless the natives provide pearls for trade. The natives no longer dive for pearls because the area is taboo and many men have died in the shark infested waters. When Ila learns that Kennedy needs money for his operation, she defies the taboo and dives for pearls. She is attacked by sharks after finding a large pearl, and Tono, a native who is in love with her, saves her life. In order to get the pearl, Hoener talks his beachcomber friend, Coxon, into masquerading as the doctor, but both men die when they try to cheat each other out of the jewel. In the meantime, Tono has gone to Suba for the doctor, hoping that when he can see, Kennedy will leave Ila. Dr. Steinmeyer agrees to operate without fee if Kennedy will leave the island and Ila. Kennedy reluctantly agrees, as he is now in love with Ila and is no longer convinced that they should remain apart because of race. Once the operation is over, however, Kennedy realizes that he loves Ila too much to leave ... +


When Richard Kennedy, a blind painter, is washed up on a South Sea island, Ila, a native girl, finds him and cares for him until he recovers. Kennedy was on his way to Suba, another island, to see Dr. Otto Steinmeyer, a British doctor, for an operation to restore his sight. The white trader on the island, Hoener, refuses to take Kennedy to Suba because he has no money to pay for the trip. The other trader, who used to supply the island, won't return unless the natives provide pearls for trade. The natives no longer dive for pearls because the area is taboo and many men have died in the shark infested waters. When Ila learns that Kennedy needs money for his operation, she defies the taboo and dives for pearls. She is attacked by sharks after finding a large pearl, and Tono, a native who is in love with her, saves her life. In order to get the pearl, Hoener talks his beachcomber friend, Coxon, into masquerading as the doctor, but both men die when they try to cheat each other out of the jewel. In the meantime, Tono has gone to Suba for the doctor, hoping that when he can see, Kennedy will leave Ila. Dr. Steinmeyer agrees to operate without fee if Kennedy will leave the island and Ila. Kennedy reluctantly agrees, as he is now in love with Ila and is no longer convinced that they should remain apart because of race. Once the operation is over, however, Kennedy realizes that he loves Ila too much to leave her. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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