Aloma of the South Seas (1926 film)
|Aloma of the South Seas|
|Directed by||Maurice Tourneur|
|Written by||James Ashmore Creelman|
|Based on||Aloma of the South Seas|
by John B. Hymer and LeRoy Clemens
|Produced by||E. Lloyd Sheldon|
Jesse L. Lasky
|Edited by||E. Lloyd Sheldon|
|Music by||Robert Hood Bowers|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
|Box office||US$ 3 million|
Aloma of the South Seas is a 1926 American silent comedy drama film starring Gilda Gray as an erotic dancer, filmed in Puerto Rico and Bermuda, and based on a 1925 play of the same title by John B. Hymer and LeRoy Clemens.
Bob Holden (Percy Marmont), an embittered World War I veteran, has gone to the South Seas to drown in drink the memory of his old girlfriend, Sylvia (Julanne Johnston) who has married his best friend, Van Templeton (William Powell) in his absence. This happened only because Templeton withheld word from Sylvia that Holden had survived the war. In the South Seas, Holden becomes the object of Aloma’s (Gilda Gray) loving and ministering attentions and eventually promises to marry her. Naturally, Nuitane (Warner Baxter), Aloma’s abandoned Polynesian boyfriend is jealous. The plot gets thicker when Templeton and Sylvia arrive on the island rather inexplicably. Templeton tries to force himself upon Aloma but is foiled by Holden. The jilted Nuitane decides to feed Holden to the sharks, but suddenly realizes that Templeton is the extra man in the love pentagon. As Templeton is devoured, Nuitane calmly observes: “Sharks not eat Nuitane—sharks like white meat.” Minus the evil interloper, the two couples fall happily into a race-appropriate (for that era) clinch.
- Gilda Gray as Aloma
- Percy Marmont as Bob Holden
- Warner Baxter as Nuitane
- William Powell as Van Templeton
- Harry T. Morey as Red Malloy
- Julanne Johnston as Sylvia
- Joseph W. Smiley as Andrew Taylor
- Frank Montgomery as Hongi
- Michelette Burani as Hina (credited as Madame Burani)
- Ernestine Gaines as Taula
- Aurelio Ciccia as Sailor
The film premiered at Paramount's Rialto Theatre in New York City on May 16, 1926. Grossing $3 million in the U.S. alone, this was the most successful film of 1926 and the fourth most successful film of the 1920s.
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