White Heat

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Another story of moral and physical degeneration in the tropics, so popular in the early 1930s. Sugar plantation manager Newell has settled into his job, finding a measure of happiness in the attentions of native girl Maris, but inner insecurity pushes him into marriage to San Francisco socialite Cherrill. His pampered wife's adjustment to island life fails...read more

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Another story of moral and physical degeneration in the tropics, so popular in the early 1930s. Sugar plantation manager Newell has settled into his job, finding a measure of happiness in the attentions of native girl Maris, but inner insecurity pushes him into marriage to San Francisco

socialite Cherrill. His pampered wife's adjustment to island life fails to take. Bored by her lonely life and the daily rains, she nearly succumbs to the blandishments of a handsome native lad. In the nick of time, the vacationing Albright--a former admirer--turns up. Jealous husband Newell's

attack on the hapless lover is diverted by Cherrill, who sets fire to the sugar cane in the fields. Deserted mistress Maris selflessly saves Newell from certain death in the flaming field of cane. Cherrill rejoins Albright and leaves the islands forever; Newell finds happiness once again with

Maris. Filmed entirely in the Hawaiian Islands with native players in secondary roles (Maris, no native, came out of Hollywood). For the times, a rare independent production with a woman director.

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