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  Raquel Torres and Monte Blue.
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White Shadows in the South Seas
Also known as {White Shadows of the South Seas}
(1928) American
B&W : Nine reels / 7968 feet
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke + [Robert J. Flaherty]

Cast: Monte Blue [Doctor Matthew Lloyd], Raquel Torres [Faraway], Robert Anderson [Sebastian, a trader], Renee Bush [Lucy], Bobby Andrews

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / Produced by Hunt Stromberg. Scenario by Ray Doyle and Jack Cunningham, from a novel by Frederick O’Brien. Song “Flower of Love” by William Axt and David Mendoza (music), and Dave Dreyer and Herman Ruby (lyrics). Cinematography by Clyde deVinna, George Nogle and Bob Roberts. Sound recording by Douglas Shearer. Intertitles by John Colton. Edited by Ben Lewis. / Premiered 31 July 1928 in New York, New York. General release, 10 November 1928. / [?] Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format and/or Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format? Western Electric Movietone sound-on-film sound system. / The production was shot on location on the Marquesas Islands. The film was released in Austria on 23 August 1929. / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.

[?] Drama-Documentary: Romance?

Synopsis: An alcoholic doctor flees trouble, ending up in Tahiti. There he finds a native girl, with whom he falls in love.

Survival status: Print exists in the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House film archive [35mm positive].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Synchronized sound film - Tahiti

Listing updated: 8 March 2011.

References: Bardèche-History pp. 310-311; Brownlow-Parade p. 433; Dardis-Keaton p. 160; Everson-American pp. 310q, 337, 338, 363; Limbacher-Feature p. 275; McIlroy-Ireland p. 109; Shipman-Cinema p. 100; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 18, 21 : Website-AFI; Website-GEH; Website-IMDb.

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