review for Mr. Robinson Crusoe on AllMovie

Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932)
by Craig Butler review

A terribly light little romp, Mr. Robinson Crusoe is at times silly and at all times unbelievable, but it's a moderately entertaining picture. Modern viewers will most likely find their enjoyment hampered somewhat by the manner in which the natives in the film are portrayed and may also be bothered by the sexist treatment afforded the character of Saturday. Otherwise, Crusoe isn't offensive. Mixing comedy and adventure, Crusoe has little on its mind other than diverting the audience; occasionally, one might wish that it aimed a bit higher, and the film does drag a bit toward the end. Still, it does have the inimitable Douglas Fairbanks on hand, providing a sophisticated light touch to the comedy and his own patented brand of derring-do to the adventuresome segments. He's terrific company to be in, and his star persona carries the film; as long as it's Fairbanks, who is going to quibble over his ridiculous accomplishments (which are presented in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner anyway)? Cinematographer Max du Pont takes advantage of some marvelous locations, and director Edward Sutherland keeps the proceedings appropriately nimble most of the time. Alfred Newman's score is also an asset.