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Enchanted Island was based on Herman Melville's novel Typee, which was also the film's working title, but differs from the novel in several ways: In Enchanted Island the Typees' cannibalism is never confirmed, while in the novel the lead character witnesses the ritualized eating of human flesh. Additionally, in the novel, "Fayaway" does not escape with "Abner," but escapes with a man who is looking for an additional crew member for a whaling ship. Typee was also used as the basis for M-G-M's 1935 film Last of the Pagans, which is only loosely based on the novel (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40). Enchanted Island was shot on location on the west coast of Mexico.