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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 »


Bert Glennon


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


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




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 »



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Various songs were clumsily dubbed from off-screen singers and haphazardly lip-synched by Kenneth Harlan and Marceline Day. See more »


Jim Thorne: Ahhh... he's turned pansy!
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I've Got a Girl in Every Port
Lyrics by Val Burton
Music by Will Jason
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A Girl in Every Port
3 June 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Silent film actor Kenneth Harlan (as Jim Thorne) takes the talking pictures plunge - he plays a South Sea skipper prowling for girls and pearls. On a sleepy small island filled with lazy natives, Mr. Harlan meets spunky white Marceline Day (as Ellen Bradford). Harlan is pleased to find the "white woman" he'd been seeking; but, Ms. Day reveals she has arrived to marry habitually inebriated Gladden James (as Roy Armstrong). Then, Day says she'll put off the wedding temporarily, until Mr. James sobers up. Of course, Harlan becomes interested in Day.

Although ultimately too dramatic to be one, "Paradise Island" plays like a mid-sixties Elvis Presley movie, due to its soundtrack and setting. Like Elvis, Harlan signs, fights, and romances. His best song is the twice performed "A Girl in Every Port"; with his "traditional" song a close second. Day sings one song. Neither player is very impressive in their "talking" role. Supporting star Tom Santschi (as smarmy Captain Lutze) takes the best performance honor; although, in this film, it doesn't count for much. Director Bert Glennon was, later on, successful in cinematography.

** Paradise Island (7/15/30) Bert Glennon ~ Kenneth Harlan, Marceline Day, Tom Santschi

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Release Date:

15 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha do Paraíso See more »

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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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