Jungle Bride (January 10, 1933)
Released on January 10, 1933: When a steam ship sinks off the coast of Africa, a girl is stranded on an isolated jungle island with an accused cop killer and his buddy.
Directed by Harry O. Hoyt and Albert H. Kelley
Written by Leah Baird.
The Actors: Anita Page (Doris Evans), Charles Starrett (Gordon Wayne), Kenneth Thomson (John Franklin, reporter), Eddie Borden (Eddie Stevens), Gertrude Simpson (Laura), Jay Emmett (Jimmy), Clarence Geldart (Captain Andersen), Alfred Cross (passenger on deck).
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Why do the prettiest girls like the baddest boys? Put a beautiful blonde on an island with a straight-arrow newspaper man and an accused cop killer, and who do you think she falls in love with? Of course, she falls head over heels for the accused cop killer. Now, this is just a movie written from the thoughts of a script writer, so the bad guy turns out to be a pretty good guy . . . unlike so many instances in real life. I'll bet that if you stop to think a minute you can find an example among your friends. You wonder how some gal ever hooked up with such a stinker of a fellow. And she is so taken with him that the worse he treats her, the more she sticks close to him. She could do so much better, you think to yourself. But why doesn't she? Why will she stay with a man who treats her so badly? I don't think I'll ever understand that. Of course, it happens the other way around also. There are guys that stick close to gals that treat them like crap, and the worse she treats him, the more devoted he seems to be to her. Now, I've seldom been accused of being totally sane . . . but I just cannot imagine a relationship like that.
Charles Starrett, our hero, was a star on the Dartmouth College football team in 1926, and got a part as an extra in a movie about football. Although he was part of a wealthy family and not in need of money, the acting bug got hold of him and he worked on stage and Vaudeville and a few movies until a talent scout from Paramount spotted him and he headed to Hollywood. He was one of the group of bold actors that created the Screen Actors Guild, and starrred in movies up into the 1950's. He enjoyed cowboy movies the best, and when they faded from popularity he hung up his spurs and enjoyed his wealth in his mansion in Borrego Springs, California.
Anita Page, our leading lady, was a heart-throb beauty from the final years of silent movies until the late 1930's. During the peak of her popularity she got more than ten thousand fan letters a week, and only Greta Garbo got nearly as many. She was known as the girl with the most beautiful face in Hollywood. Oh, and by the way, one ardent admirer from Italy wrote over one hundred letters a week to her . . . . some fellow named Benito Mussolini! After spending 60 years in movie retirement she appeard in cameo for several movies in the 1990's before her death in 2008 at the age of 98!
Charles Starrett and Anita Page
Charles Starrett and Eddie Borden
Charles Starrett and Eddie Borden on board ship
Clarence Geldart and Kenneth Thomson
Eddie Borden and Charles Starrett
Kenneth Thomson and Anita Page
Kenneth Thomson and Eddie Borden