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Aloma of the South Seas (1926 film)

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Aloma of the South Seas
1926 lobby poster
Directed byMaurice Tourneur
Written byJames Ashmore Creelman
Based onAloma of the South Seas
by John B. Hymer and LeRoy Clemens
Produced byE. Lloyd Sheldon
Maurice Tourneur
Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
StarringGilda Gray
Percy Marmont
Warner Baxter
CinematographyHarry Fischbeck
Edited byE. Lloyd Sheldon
Music byRobert Hood Bowers[1]
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 16, 1926 (1926-05-16)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box officeUS$ 3 million[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

The film was spoofed by a 1926 Mutt and Jeff animated cartoon, Aroma of the South Seas.[6]


A young South Seas native boy who is sent to the U.S. for his education returns to his island after his father dies to try to stop a revolution.


Preservation status

The film is now considered to be a lost film.[7][8]


The film was remade as Aloma of the South Seas (1941), starring Dorothy Lamour and Jon Hall.

See also


  1. ^ "Robert Hood Bowers". Billboard. January 10, 1942. p. 31. Retrieved December 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Box Office Information for "Aloma of the South Seas"
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Aloma of the South Seas at
  4. ^ "Theatre: New Plays: May 4, 1925". Time. May 4, 1925. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2009.
  5. ^ Christensen, Terry; Haas, Peter J. (2005). Projecting politics: political messages in American film. M. E. Sharpe. pp. 326. ISBN 978-0-7656-1443-8. Retrieved December 15, 2009. aloma of the south seas.
  6. ^ Sampson, Henry T. (1998). That's Enough, Folks: Black Images in Animated Cartoons, 1900-1960. Scarecrow Press. pp. 84–85. ISBN 978-0810832503.
  7. ^ Bryant, Roger (2006). William Powell: the life and films. McFarland. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-7864-2602-7. Retrieved December 15, 2009.
  8. ^ Aloma of the South Seas at Arne Andersen's Lost Film Files: Paramount Pictures 1926 Archived August 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
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