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Aloma of the South Seas (1941)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 27 August 1941 (USA)
A young South Seas native boy is sent to the U.S. for his education, but he returns to his island after his father dies to try to stop a revolution.

Director:

Alfred Santell

Writers:

Frank Butler (screenplay), LeRoy Clemens (play) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Lamour ... Aloma
Jon Hall ... Tanoa
Lynne Overman ... Corky
Phillip Reed ... Revo (as Philip Reed)
Katherine DeMille ... Kari (as Katherine deMille)
Fritz Leiber ... High Priest
Dona Drake ... Nea
Esther Dale ... Tarusa
Pedro de Cordoba ... Raaiti
John Barclay ... Ikali
Norma Gene Nelson ... Aloma as a Child (as Norma Jean Nelson)
Evelyn Del Rio Evelyn Del Rio ... Nea as a Child
Scotty Beckett ... Tanoa as a Child
William Roy William Roy ... Revo as a Child (as Billy Roy)
Noble Johnson ... Moukali
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A young South Seas native boy is sent to the U.S. for his education, returns to his island after his father dies to try to stop a revolution. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Pagan love - in an exotic, exciting tropic paradise!


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aloma See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Normally hairy chested Phillip Reed was forced to shave his torso in order to play this role. See more »

Connections

Remake of Aloma of the South Seas (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhythm of the Waves
(uncredited)
Written by Sam Koki and Daniel Kalauawa Stewart
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Volcanic fury is the only reason to watch...
14 February 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Paramount designated DOROTHY LAMOUR their sarong girl and couldn't resist pairing her with JON HALL in another one of those South Seas epics that inevitably ends with the Gods getting angry enough to cause the local volcano to erupt. Well, it does erupt here and there's an earthquake too, but nothing atones for the banal script.

Paramount would repeat the story somewhat with RAINBOW ISLAND ('44), three years later, again a South Seas tale in Technicolor with a volcano erupting for the climactic scene but it was more a spoof of Lamour's usual films than ALOMA OF THE SOUTH SEAS, which takes itself seriously.

The plot has JON HALL sent off to England for an education (as a tot he's played by Scotty Beckett, another unlikely child performer to turn into Jon Hall). When he returns to the island, he picks up his romance with native gal Lamour until all hell breaks loose to stir things up for the finale. But it's too late to rescue the film from boredom.

Summing up: Prettily photographed in Oscar-nominated Technicolor and some Special Effects, also Oscar-nominated, but hardly worth all the expense.


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