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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Thursday 26 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7); in Milwaukee it first aired 2 October 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), followed by Pittsburgh 4 November 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), by Grand Rapids 24 November 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by New York City 5 January 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Phoenix 13 January 1960 on KVAR (Channel 12), by San Francisco 6 March 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5), by Miami 11 March 1960 on WTVJ (Channel 4), and by Lowell, serving the Boston area, 22 July 1960 on WBZ (Channel 4). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »
PARAMOUNT followed up box-office success TYPHOON (1940) with a remake of ALOMA OF THE SOUTH SEAS (1926). Jon Hall (TANOA) replacing Robert Preston as the male lead with Dorothy Lamour (ALOMA) as his romantic South-Seas interest (again). Lynne Overman (CORKY) is along for the ride as the older male-mentor and for comedy relief.
THE NUTS; TANOA is prepared for Kingship of his tropical paradise by being sent too the U.S.A. to learn Western knowledge with CORKY as chaperon. ALOMA in his absence is being groomed as future consort and Queen. Childhood friend/rival REVO (Phillip Reed) now is more interested in ALOMA then KARI (Katherine DeMille) who loves him. This creates a complicated love QUADRANGLE! It is resolved, unfortunately for two (2) of them not very happily. Then again Murder and Volcanic eruptions are not really the way to solve such problems.
Like THE HURRICANE (1937) and TYPHOON (1940) this film ends with the BIG DISASTER. It is not in there league. Though with Gordon Jennings at the helm of the SFX for PARAMOUNT you get your money's worth, though it only lasts about six (6) minutes. Being in TechniColor it is most impressive. SFX shots were very difficult composites with the Three (3) Strip TechniColor film stock. This is WAY before digital com-positing created seamless effects. Only a master like Jennings can make it credible, he knew the limitations of the time so they had to be over the top and startling, exceeding expectations. The eruption later found itself into other films including WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (1951) and ATLANTIS THE LOST CONTINENT (1961).
Unfortunately it is not possible to judge the film against its silent (1926) predecessor. PARAMOUNT being particularly lax in the preservation of its film library and history. Unfortunately UNIVERSAL the current owner of its library is just as indifferent. No doubt hoping all will rot away so they can just use them for a tax write-off for decades of projected loss income. A typical short-term solution by 'Big Business'.
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