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East of Borneo (August 1, 1931)

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East of Borneo
 

Released on August 1, 1931: A courageous lady searches the jungles of Borneo for her missing husband and discovers that he is in a tribal village ruled by the suave but monstrous Prince Hashim, who will try to brutally kill them.

Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr. and George Melford

Directed by George Melford

The Actors: Rose Hobart (Linda Randolph), Charles Bickford (Doctor Allan Randolph), Georges Renavent (Hashim, Prince of Marudu), Lupita Tovar (Neila, Allan's native woman), Noble Johnson (Osman, Hashim's aide)

 
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The Girl in the Gown and the Raging Volcano

This is a pre-code jungle adventure, and for those of you who aren’t familiar with what that means, it refers to the folk who censored every Hollywood movie between 1934 and the late 1960’s. There were strict rules which must be followed or the movie would not be permitted in U.S. theaters. Kisses must never last more than three seconds. If a good guy was shot or killed, it must never be shown on screen. There was a long list of words which must never be used by an actor, for instance, ‘Go to blazes’ was all right but not the other word that ‘blazes’ brings to mind. In this story tough guy Charles Bickford, playing the part of Doctor Allan Randolph, turns to his wife and bellows out, “You’ve raised enough Hell around here Linda, Now get out!” – That line marks this movie as an uncensored pre-code film.

Our story revolves around three characters in the wild and deadly jungles of Borneo. Young Linda Randolph, played by Rose Hobart, has traveled from America all by herself in search of her husband, Doctor Allan Randolph. When she reaches the village of Tarakan, the English-speaking fellow there assures her that there has never been a Doctor Randolph on the island, or he would know him. Just before leaving to search somewhere else, Linda shows him a photograph of her husband, and the man laughs and tells her that the photo is of Doctor Clarke, not Doctor Randolph. Linda learns that her husband is using another name, and is now the personal physician of Prince Hashim, the leader of the great tribe of Marudu, many days journey away.

When Linda arrives at Marudu we meet the two male characters in the story. Her husband Allan is drinking his life away for some reason, and the tribal Prince is a suave and sophisticated man, educated at the Sorbonne. We will later discover that his suave exterior hides the heart of a jungle monster, and the life of Linda and her husband Allan will soon face a horrible ending.

Trick Question: We will experience a jungle battle to the death between our three characters. Who will be the strongest? . . . . Who will be the one who will prevail and ‘do the deed’ that will determine who will live and who will die? The strong and powerful tribal leader Prince Hashim? . . . . Or maybe the tall, gruff, burly Doctor Randolph? Of course, there is Linda, a petite five foot four inch gal wearing an evening gown cut low in the front and lower in the back. . . . . The ultimate battle for survival is about to begin, and you know that my money is on the little lady. . . . . Oh . . . . . Did I mention the fiery volcano about to erupt above the village? . . . . . My money is still on the little lady. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Rose Hobart
Rose Hobart
Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford and Lupita Tovar
Charles Bickford and Lupita Tovar
Charles Bickford and Rose Hobart
Charles Bickford and Rose Hobart
Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
Georges Renavent and Charles Bickford
Georges Renavent and Charles Bickford
Georges Renavent and Rose Hobart
Georges Renavent and Rose Hobart
Georges Renavent
Georges Renavent
Lupita Tovar
Lupita Tovar
Lupita Tovar
Lupita Tovar
Rose Hobart
Rose Hobart
Rose Hobart and Georges Renavent
Rose Hobart and Georges Renavent
Rose Hobart and Georges Renavent
Rose Hobart and Georges Renavent
Rose Hobart
Rose Hobart
Rose Hobart
Rose Hobart
Peter Cookson and Francis Pierlot
Peter Cookson and Francis Pierlot