|Directed by||Victor Fleming|
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
B. P. Schulberg
|Written by||Doris Anderson (adaptation)
Ethel Doherty (scenario)
George Marion, Jr. (titles)
Frederica Sagor (uncredited)
|Based on||Hula, a Romance of Hawaii
by Armine von Tempski
|Edited by||E. Lloyd Sheldon
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||64 minutes|
Hula is a 1927 American silent romantic comedy film directed by Victor Fleming, and based on the novel Hula, a Romance of Hawaii by Armine von Tempski. The film stars Clara Bow and was released by Paramount Pictures.
Hula Calhoun (Clara Bow) is the daughter of a Hawaiian planter, Bill Calhoun (Albert Gran). She follows the advice of her uncle Edwin (Agostino Borgato), and follows a simple and natural life, far from social conventions of her family and is considered a "wild child" who wears pants and rides horses.
Courted with adoration by Harry Dehan (Arnold Kent), Hula prefers a young British engineer, Anthony Haldane (Clive Brook), who came to the island to oversee the construction of a dam on her father's property. However, Haldane is already married. At a party, Haldane tries to keep his distance but Hula gets drunk and performs a seductive hula dance for him. She manages to provoke him so much that he promises that he will get a divorce. When his wife, Margaret (Patricia Dupont), appears, Hula makes a deal with one of the foreman to use dynamite to blow up a point on the dam. Thinking that her husband is now ruined, Mrs. Haldane agrees to the divorce, and the two lovers can finally get married.
- Clara Bow as Hula Calhoun
- Clive Brook as Anthony Haldane
- Arlette Marchal as Mrs. Bane
- Albert Gran as Bill Calhoun
- Arnold Kent as Harry Dehan
- Patricia Dupont as Margaret Haldane
- Agostino Borgato as Uncle Edwin
- Duke Kahanamoku as Hawaiian boy
In the opening scene of the film Hula is shown swimming nude in a stream, and later is wearing pants and articulates her sexual desires. Similar to Sadie Thompson (1928), the film depicts a modern woman who is located outside the bounds of American civilization and thus able to act in an "uncivilized" manner like natives who live on the islands.
- Hula at the silentera.com website
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