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Mr. Robinson Crusoe

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While cruising the South Seas Yachtsman Steve Drexel bets his friends he could live comfortably on a remote island with nothing but a toothbrush. So Steve swims to the island, and while awaiting his friends return, improbably builds a comfortable home. Soon a grass-skirted young native from a nearby island shows up fleeing a disagreeable wedding, Steve nicknames her Saturday but then has to deal with her unhappy tribesmen. Includes both the silent and talkie versions on one disc - each 68 minutes - 136 Minutes total runtime


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  • Actors: Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, Earle Browne, Maria Alba
  • Directors: A. Edward Sutherland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Grapevine Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FVTVVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on October 2, 2007
Format: DVD
Most of Douglas Fairbanks' sound films were rather dismal affairs - indicating his lack of talkie enthusiasm. However, "Mr. Robinson Crusoe" (1932) occasionally recaptures the old spirit. In this lighthearted romp, Doug bets that he can survive on a deserted South Seas island for an entire year. Displaying remarkable ingenuity, he creates a tropical Park Avenue. For his penultimate film, Fairbanks performs a few memorable stunts amid the breathtaking Tahitian locales. "Mr. Robinson Crusoe" also benefits from A. Edward Sutherland's breezy direction and Alfred Newman's evocative score. No match for Doug's silent classics, but pleasurable escapism.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 6, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is as fun and enjoyable a movie as I have seen for some time. The early days of film produced some wonderful movies, and this 1932 classic is more fun that a barrel full of monkeys. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., plays a happy-go-lucky fellow who is so taken by the beauty of the uninhabited islands of the South Seas that he decides to forego his intended hunting expedition and settle on the nearest deserted island. His friend bets him he will be tied to a stake by cannibals by the time the ship returns the next year, and he in turn swears he will turn the island into his own private Manhattan. With one thousand dollars riding on this friendly bet, Fairbanks' unnamed character jumps into the water and makes for shore with absolutely nothing but the shirt on his back; his loyal dog follows him, and they quickly set up shop on the island. This guy may have led a pretty easy life, but he is amazingly adept at island-settling; he makes the Professor look like Gilligan. After finding food, water, and a suitable spot for shelter, he's immediately making his own tools and making a mockery of the term "roughing it." He builds an impressive house (set on stilts, no less) and all kinds of furniture, sets traps for catching game, and creates his own private work force of animals. His Dr. Doolittle skills soon have his pet monkey milking a captured goat, the goat operating a treadmill under the supervision of the dog, a tortoise slowly turning a wheel to power a sort of water wheel, and that's just the beginning. He builds his own 18-hole golf course, has the monkey trained to bring him drinks at "the 19th hole," makes his own radio out of slightly more than a couple of coconuts, and does other things Robinson Crusoe would never have even dreamed of. Throughout it all, he is happy as a clam.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Simpson on December 5, 2008
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Fairbanks last film is also one of the most entertaining he ever made.

The premise is a cute one:Fairbanks bets his rich friends that he can survive on a deserted island for an entire year on just his own creative ingenuity.

It's not believable,but that's not the point either.
This is escapist fantasy and it's a darn infectious one,too!

Fairbainks constructs a ridiculous tree house for himself with all the "modern" conveniences(circa.1932) including a radio(!) and help from his pet Monkey,Parrot, and Dog,the only other companion that joined him on the island.

Eventually he comes across a beautiful woman that ran away from her tribe that predictably falls for cool guy,Fairbanks.
However,her tribe and some other not so friendly natives from neighboring islands decide to invade.

What I love about this film is how it does not have to resort to violence to solve this problem,and it ends on a fun,happy note with Fairbanks returning to home with his pets and his girl.

And he sure gets that native chick a great job!

Absolutely harmless film that is truly feel good,especially in this pessimistic age,reccomended for the film buff who needs something to smile about.

Note:Unfortunately,my five star review JUST refers to the film and not the DVD,which is mediocre,with terrible quality.
I hope that someone decides to release a better print of this in the future.
Also...where are the chapter selections?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Goodrich on November 7, 2008
Format: DVD
Douglas Fairbanks does a great job in this film. He plays the role of a castaway (Steve) which puts Tom Hanks to shame. Steve bets he can re-create his Park Avenue lifestyle on the island using only his wits. True to his word, within 2 months time he has created every manner of contraption to recreate his life of ease. He captures animals and humans to create servants. He builds a radio and a raised hut that is quite impressive. It's a rather unrealistic story as in real life one would get hurt, and the weather would act up a lot more. Steve never faces a bad wind. He also gets a monkey to milk a goat and his dog to keep another goat walking on a treadmill. In real life it would take 2 months just to train the animals. But no matter, we watch to be amused by all the ingenious contraptions made from palm leaves and coconuts. Steve's love of life is infectious and bordering on mania, but it gets him through. There's a great climax where his friends return to get him while 2 tribes of headhunters come after Steve as well.
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This video was a gift for a family friend who'd remembered seeing this with his parents in the theater when he was a small boy. It is a film rarity, in that it was one of Douglas Fairbanks' few 'talkies'. When seeing it, I found it to be a breezy, light weight version of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe story, updated to the (then) modern times of the 1930s, with Fairbanks as a playboy/adventurer cruising with friends on a yacht in the south Pacific. The group happens upon what appears to be an uninhabited island prompting a conversation of idyllic life and self reliance. Fairbanks' bravado brings about a 'bet' in which he claims he can survive and thrive on the island with few tools and no modern amenities. He plunges into the waters, swimming to shore, his yacht mates pledging to return in some months to check up on him and determine the outcome of the bet. What ensues during the film is how he goes about his life on the island and his interactions with an island tribe and their runaway princess. The film, made following Fairbanks' heyday as a box office swashbuckler, is quaint by modern standards and fairly predictable, but I must admit I viewed it with a curious interest. It does tend to stretch credibility in a few instances and is cliched, by modern standards, however it was entertaining. Add a star more to the rating if you're a fan of early talkies, and especially one of Fairbanks Sr's. followers.
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