Aloma of the South Seas (1926)

Melodrama | 2 August 1926

Director:

Maurice Tourneur

Cinematographer:

Harry Fischbeck

Production Designer:

Charles M. Kirk

Production Company:

Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
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HISTORY

Portions of the film were shot on location in Puerto Rico. Also, the Feb 1926 AmCin reported that Aloma of the South Seas were filmed at Paramount's Long Island City, New York, studios.
       Some early sources listed the release date as 29 May 1926, but reviews indicate that the national release was not until 2 Aug 1926. Although not her first screen appearance, Aloma of the South Seas marked the first starring role of Broadway and vaudeville star Gilda Gray (1901--1959), the polish-born entertainer who popularized the 1920s dance craze known as "The Shimmy." The film also marked the final completed American film of French director Maurice Tourneur.
       The 1941 Paramount production Aloma of the South Seas was also based on the play. The 1941 film was directed by Alfred Santell and starred Dorothy Lamour and Jon Hall (see ... More Less

Portions of the film were shot on location in Puerto Rico. Also, the Feb 1926 AmCin reported that Aloma of the South Seas were filmed at Paramount's Long Island City, New York, studios.
       Some early sources listed the release date as 29 May 1926, but reviews indicate that the national release was not until 2 Aug 1926. Although not her first screen appearance, Aloma of the South Seas marked the first starring role of Broadway and vaudeville star Gilda Gray (1901--1959), the polish-born entertainer who popularized the 1920s dance craze known as "The Shimmy." The film also marked the final completed American film of French director Maurice Tourneur.
       The 1941 Paramount production Aloma of the South Seas was also based on the play. The 1941 film was directed by Alfred Santell and starred Dorothy Lamour and Jon Hall (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Feb 1926
p. 15.
Chicago Tribune
27 Sep 1926
p. 31.
Film Daily
23 May 1926
p. 22.
Los Angeles Times
8 Aug 1926
p. C23.
New York Times
17 May 1926
p. 19.
Photoplay
Jul 1926
p. 59.
Variety
19 May 1926.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Aloma of the South Seas by John B. Hymer and Leroy Clemens (New York, 20 Apr 1925).
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 August 1926
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 16 May 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
3 August 1926
Copyright Number:
LP23004
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,514
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Aloma, a beautiful dancer on Paradise Island, is jealously guarded by her lover, Nuitane. When Red Malloy, a dishonest trader, annoys her, Bob Holden, an American seeking to forget an unhappy love affair, defends her and wins her allegiance. Andrew Taylor, learning that his niece, Sylvia, who deserted Bob, is coming to the island with her husband, Van Templeton, sends Bob and Aloma to his plantation, though Nuitane objects. Aloma comes to love Bob but is tricked by Van, a sodden flirt, into "marriage," while Bob realizes that he still loves Sylvia. Bob and Van are lost in a canoe that capsizes during a storm, and the jealous women are drawn together in a common bond of sympathy. Then Bob reappears, announcing that Van has drowned; he is reunited with Sylvia; and Aloma continues her relationship with ... +


Aloma, a beautiful dancer on Paradise Island, is jealously guarded by her lover, Nuitane. When Red Malloy, a dishonest trader, annoys her, Bob Holden, an American seeking to forget an unhappy love affair, defends her and wins her allegiance. Andrew Taylor, learning that his niece, Sylvia, who deserted Bob, is coming to the island with her husband, Van Templeton, sends Bob and Aloma to his plantation, though Nuitane objects. Aloma comes to love Bob but is tricked by Van, a sodden flirt, into "marriage," while Bob realizes that he still loves Sylvia. Bob and Van are lost in a canoe that capsizes during a storm, and the jealous women are drawn together in a common bond of sympathy. Then Bob reappears, announcing that Van has drowned; he is reunited with Sylvia; and Aloma continues her relationship with Nuitane. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Island


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