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Bird of Paradise

November 21, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

BIRD OF PARADISE – 1951, 100 min. Color – with Jeff Chandler, Louis Jordan, Debra Paget, Everett Slone 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film begins at 7:30 p.m.

Based on the world famous, oft produced play and several early film versions. Native son comes back to the islands and soon has to become familiar with the native customs, including how to pursue the Chief’s daughter. Disaster occurs when the volcano demands human sacrifice! Volcanic eruptions in the film are taken from actual footage of an eruption in the Hawaiian Islands.

Fall Movie Time Schedule: Adventures in the South Pacific.

In the late 1920’s and 1930’s, when air travel was not available or too expensive and luxury liners were only for the very rich, the South Sea Islands became places of beauty, romance, music, tropical flowers and dreams! Hollywood took advantage of this with films reeking of romance, mystery, soft Hawaiian guitars, beautiful scenery and even some natural disasters.

These films became so popular that they often made super-stars out of their leading ladies and men, such as Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Maia Montez, Sabu and others! Many became film classics like The Hurricane (1938), Bird of Paradise and others. World War II and the severe fighting and destruction in the South Pacific destroyed the beauty and romance of the “Island Films." Dorothy Lamour, leaning up against a palm tree and singing The Moon of Manikoora became passé. So let’s go back in time when the South Seas meant adventure with even a volcanic eruption or two!

All screenings are on Wednesday nights. The remaining dates/films in this year’s series are:

October 3: Aloma of the South Seas
October 17: Son of Fury
November 7: Wake of the Red Witch
November 21: Bird of Paradise

December 5: Our Annual Christmas Move | The Lemon Drop Kid

What is Movie Time?

This film series is presented in partnership with leading Milwaukee film historian, Dale E. Kuntz. Special choices from his extensive collection of 16mm classic films from the 1930s and ’40s are shown in their original reel-to-reel format. Most of his films are not on DVD, so the audience has a rare opportunity to see these films that are otherwise unavailable. 

Prior to each screening, Dale fascinates the audience with his vast knowledge of film history and gives the inside scoop on each movie. Learn the bizarre details about the stars and the clues to help the audience spot little oddities that end up in the film instead of on the cutting room floor.

As a bonus, on any Wednesday when a film is scheduled, general admission to the museum doubles as a movie ticket. Guests may choose to arrive early for a short museum visit and then stay for the film.