Aloma of the South Seas (1941 film)

Aloma of the South Seas is a 1941 American romantic adventure drama film directed by Alfred Santell and starring Dorothy Lamour and Jon Hall. The film was shot in Technicolor and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Aloma of the South Seas
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlfred Santell
Produced byMonta Bell
Buddy DeSylva
Screenplay byFrank Butler
Lillie Hayward
Seena Owen
Story bySeena Owen
Curt Siodmak
Based onAloma of the South Seas
by LeRoy Clemens and John B. Hymer
StarringDorothy Lamour
Jon Hall
CinematographyWilfred M. Cline
William E. Snyder
Edited byArthur P. Schmidt
Paramount Pictures
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 27, 1941 (1941-08-27)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2 million (U.S. and Canada rental)[1]

Aloma of the South Seas is based on the 1925 Broadway play of the same name by LeRoy Clemens and John B. Hymer. It is a remake of the 1926 silent film of the same name.[2] Lamour and Hall were the reigning darlings of south sea island adventures of this era having starred in John Ford's The Hurricane. Aloma of the South Seas fits into the romance adventure canon of which Lamour and Hall excelled at.


Aloma and Prince Tanoa, are promised by the islanders to wed from their childhood, though the two despise each other and fight. Tanoa is sent to the United States for an education and does not return for 15 years after the death of his father. Once crowned, Tanoa's treacherous cousin Revo who has plotted to rule in place of Tanoa since childhood, sees his chance by arming himself and his band with rifles and a light machine gun.



The film was nominated for two Academy Awards:[3]


  1. "All-time Film Rental Champs". Variety. October 15, 1990. p. M142.
  2. Goble, Alan, ed. (1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. p. 236. ISBN 3-110-95194-0.
  3. "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2013-06-21.
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