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MR. ROBINSON CRUSOE (1932) and THREE'S A CROWD (1932)
MR. ROBINSON CRUSOE (1932)
and THREE'S A CROWD (1932)
MR. ROBINSON CRUSOE starring Douglas Fairbanks, directed by Edward Sutherland. In this, one of Fairbanks' four talking pictures, Doug bets a friend $1,000.00 that he can live alone on a deserted south sea island and survive. Not only does he survive, but he uses his wits to make himself a beautiful tree house home and fills the island with innovative labor saving devices! When a beautiful native girl escapes from her fiance on a neighboring island, she finds herself caught in the net of one of Doug's traps. Her angry fiance (with a large group of friends) soon arrives and things turn hostile as they attempt to roast Doug on a spit! This Fairbanks film hearkens back to his glory days in silent film. It's full of the high spirit, optimism and adventure that made him one of the biggest stars ever and, even at 49, his athletic ability seems undiminished! Much of this film was made on location in Tahiti, Samoa and Fiji and it benefits from the beautiful, lush surroundings. It features a wonderful, evocative score by Alfred Newman. Although the quality of this DVD transfer is very nice, some wear from the original film is visible.
THREE'S A CROWD. This delightful Warner Brothers cartoon opens with an old man reading before the fireplace. When he goes to bed, the characters from his books come to life and emerge for a night of fun! Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) turns on the radio and starts the musical romp which includes Robinson Crusoe, The Three Musketeers, Rip Van Winkle, Tarzan, Uncle Tom and Robin Hood. When Mr. Hyde kidnaps Alice, the characters join forces for her rescue!