Birds of Paradise

Synopsis: Living in the depths of the New Guinean Rainforest are birds of unimaginable colour and beauty. When Europeans first saw the plumes of these fabulous creatures in the sixteenth century, ...
60 min

- Five and a half fathoms!

- Five and a half fathoms!

Five and a half!

That smooth spot between

the two lines of breakers.

Yeah, I see it.

Four and a half,

getting shallow fast!

Four and a half, getting shallow!

Four and a half. Steady!

George says three fathoms through passage.

Hey, Tinker, ease that mainsheet!

- How many feet in a fathom?

- Six.

Eighteen feet through the passage.

Yeah, and the ship takes fifteen of those.

Oh, three feet to spare.

Well, I forgot to bring my water-wings!

Good morning, St. Peter!

Three and a half fathoms!

- Three and a half!

- Draught, Skipper, how old's that chart?

Stand by everybody, we're

going through the passage!

- Mind that jib, Chief!

- Breakers abaft!

Catch the swell on the

right so we'll ride it through!

Here they come! Look out, Johnny!

We made it, we're over!

- Great work, Sir!

- I bet we didn't have an inch to spare!

You bet not!.

- Take the wheel, will ya?

- Yes, Sir.

Five and a half and getting deeper!

Great stuff, Kid, we're in.

- Made it by inches!

- Yep!

Yeah! Well after this I'll

do all my yachting ashore!

Aw, you're always crabby,

that's a sport.

Well, you can have it, I don't want it.

Say! You ought to get shock

absorbers on this boat.

Sailors, come and get it!

Where have you been?

Now, now, now, now!

Women and children first!


Look at these!

Yeah, pretty.



- What's that supposed to be?

- The call of the wild.


- Johnny, you're outta luck, no blondes!

- Yeah, I know.

Oh! You don't suppose

they're cannibals, do you?

Well, if they are, we'll feed 'em you!

Maybe they're not allowed to eat ham.

Don't do that, I'm sensitive!

- What do you call this place?

- Probably one of the Virgin Islands.

Heaven forbid!

Here, take this for bait.

Girls, come and get some Chester, pleeeease.

Johnny, here's the charm of the South Seas:

You cruise about and out of nowhere

you tumble onto one of these little islands.

And you'll nearly always find the

natives a happy and carefree people.

Yeah, I know

Fond of light wines and dancing.

Hey! Look!

Hello, Baby, got anything on for tonight?

I give you my heart's blood.

They want to play.

They may never have seen the glass.

This water!


My hat!

What else you got?

Boy, I never did

like a hard clock anyway.


I've wanted you boys to get rid

of these things for a long time.

Hey, wait a minute!

You can't throw those things overboard!

Oh, they have lots of clothes.

Say, Johnny, see that

little girl over there?

- Here's a present for you.

- Give me that!

- Shark!

- Shark?


Get the rifle!

Submerged right there!

Hey! Don't shoot him,

you might hit a native!

- Here! Give me a hand with this line!

- Okay.

Hey! Don't do that!

You'll tear his leg off.

Steady now! Cut him loose, quick!

Do whatever you have

to do, but don't pull it!

What happened?

When the shark took the bait,

your ol' foot got caught up

in the rope and over you went.

How did I get out of it?

The line parted between you and

the shark, looks like it's been cut.

Probably one of the natives.

Which one?

Go on, Sweetheart, I'm listening.

Sardines again.

- Not bad, eh?

- Perfect!

- I'm drunk again.

- Oh! I was just tired, I know.

Say, he must be the Big Medicine

around here, eh, Skipper?

He sure is! That 's the guy

that feeds the volcano.

- Feeds the volcano?

- Sure!

That's the way they keep the volcano quiet.

He feeds it.

- Throws it the fish?

- No, Sir!

They must be young and beautiful

to please the volcano.

He wants us to eat.

- I can't make up my mind what I want?

- Got any straws?

What is this, a paper hanger's convention?

All kiding aside, Skippy,

what...what is this?

It's poi.

- Poi?

- It's a poi.

- Poi or girl, I wouldn't like it.

- You like poi.

You remember the poi

your mother used to bake!

Apple poi, lemon poi, rhubarb poi...

Oh! That kine of poi!

Well, here goes!

Aw! That's good!

That's beautiful, Mac!

Hello there!

Sure, I'm the guy.


Boy, that's good!

I've eaten worse than

this in the Waldorf.

Hey, Skipper, what is this?

It's octopus.


If something crawls and stabs at you tonight,

Hector, it's me!.

Ooh! It's got me, I'm an octopus.

Skipper, what are they sore about?

How you can certainly pick 'em,

that's the King's daughter.

Yeah, that's all right with me.

Yeah, but it isn't all

right with them, she's taboo.

What do you mean?

Well, you see, they have rules

about such things in the Islands.

No one's supposed to touch her

except a native prince.

They're very strict about it.

You're going to get

your throat cut, Johnny.

Well, Johnny, it looks to me that the

only out is for you to run for the job

of Native Prince on the

democratic ticket this fall.

It's funny, Mac, what the

tropics'll do to a kid like Johnny.

I wish they did it to me.

You better keep you eye on him, Mac.

He's going native.

Ol' Devil Night's got 'im!

Ol' Tom-Tom done stole our Johnny away.

Don't you wish your were young enough

to feel the way that that kid feels.

That's right, Mac

Not me, might keep me awake.

Say, did you see the

expression on Johnny's

face when that witch

doctor was doin' all the...?

Say, what made that plant

shrivel up like that, anyhow?

I blew my breath on it.

You little devil!

I'll get even with you!

You gonna let me see your face?

Hey Mac, what's happened to Johnny?

I can't find him...

his bunk hasn't been slept in.

Hey, Skipper, is Johnny on board?

- I have't seen him, where is he?

- What's all the ruckus?

Johnny's not on the boat.

What are you grinning about, Mac?

Well, as a matter of fact,

I had a long talk with Johnny last night.

And he's decided to stay on the island

and we'll pick him up on the way back.

- On the Island?


Aw, you're kidding, Mac,

Johnny's somewhere on this boat.

No I'm not kidding and, as a matter

of fact, I think it's a swell idea.

I wish I'd done the same

thing when I was a kid.

Why, this is ridiculous! Hey, Skipper,

turn around, we're going back.

He'll never get out of there alive,

those people are savages.

- Come on Skipper, let's go back.

- Come on! Turn around!

We're not going back,

we're going on right as we are.

- Mac, are you mad?

- No, I'm not mad.

I think I know Johnny a

little better than you fellows.

Matter of fact, I'm for him 100%,

and I told him so last night.

So that's that!

Now, don't you boys worry about Johnny,

I packed his duffle bag and

put in everything he'll need.

Let's water bottle,

bicarbonate of soda,

needle and thread, a box of toothpicks,

tennis racket, golf sticks,

a bottle of ginger ale...

Oh! And a ukulele.

Hey, Brat! What are you doin' here?

You're gonna cut yourself with that!

Hey there, Oscar, you have my boy's shirt!

What are you doing? Here, give me that!

You're gonna wreck all that.

Hey! What's going on around here?


Hey, what's the big idea?

My, my, my...roses!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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