East of Borneo. 1931. USA. Directed by George Melford. 77 min.
Best known as the film Joseph Cornell sampled to create his 1936 collage Rose Hobart, this exotic adventure is a wild ride in its own right. Director George Melford, who famously explored the erotic attractions of a sadistically inclined Other with the outlandish figure of Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik, returns to his favorite theme. The delicate Hobart plays an American woman who penetrates the jungles of Malaysia in search of her alcoholic husband (Charles Bickford), a once-respected physician now in the thrall of a cruel (but Sorbonne-educated) island prince (Georges Renavent).