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Mr. Robinson Crusoe

Mr. Robinson Crusoe(1932)

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The working titles were Tropical Knight and Robinson Crusoe of the South Seas. Elton Thomas, the name that is credited with the story, is Douglas Fairbanks' pseudonym. Publicity records note the following: The Invader, private yacht of the president of United Artists, Joseph Schenck, sailed some of the staff from San Francisco to Papeete, Tahiti, in early March, where the film was made in its entirety, using the islanders as extras. Production was halted for two days when Walter Pallman married a Tahitian descendent of royalty, Simone Terai, and the crew participated in the native wedding celebration. Although Film Daily credits Walter Pallman with the recording, screen credits list him as technical effects. According to modern sources, the extras were available for one dollar per day. Because the sound equipment failed on the first day of shooting, director Sutherland was forced to dub the sound upon their return to California. A Variety news item noted that Douglas Fairbanks protested Universal's potential production called Robinson Crusoe, claiming that he had "priority for his South Sea picture tentatively titled A Modern Robinson Crusoe." Universal did not release a film with a similar title. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, the film was previewed for 1932 Olympic athletes on August 10, 1932. Modern sources also report that Robert Benchley and Lewis Milestone accompanied Fairbanks to Tahiti, and that Fairbanks "discovered" Maria Alba in the islands.