Aloma, the daughter of the South Seas

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German title Aloma, the daughter of the South Seas
Original title Aloma of the South Seas
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1941
length 78 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Alfred Santell
script Frank Butler ,
Lillie Howard ,
Seena Owen
production Monta Bell
music Daniel Kalauawa Stewart ,
Victor Young
camera Wilfred M. Cline ,
William E. Snyder ,
Karl Struss
cut Arthur P. Schmidt

Aloma, the daughter of the South Seas (Original title: Aloma of the South Seas ) is an American adventure film by Alfred Santell, directed in 1941 . The script is based on a story by Curt Siodmak and a play by LeRoy Clemens and John B. Hymer. The film premiered on August 27, 1941 in New York City. In Germany, the film was shown in cinemas for the first time on July 6, 1951.


During a ceremony on a South Sea island, Aloma is chosen to be the fiancée of the heir to the throne Tanoa. Tanoa is still a boy at the time and is sent to the United States for training. For his protection he is accompanied by Corky. While Tanoa's absence, Aloma falls in love with his friend Revo.

15 years later the king of the island dies. Tanoa returns from the United States to succeed him. Tanoa has now become a city dweller. He is shocked by the fact that two girls are given to him as a present. But over time he gets used to the way of life of the islanders again. The high priest now wants to lead Tanoa to his chosen bride Aloma. But the two rebel against the arranged wedding plans. On the day of the scheduled meeting, Tanoa goes fishing. Aloma slips away from her guardian Tarusa and goes swimming. The two, who have never seen each other, meet in a lagoon. When they introduced themselves, they both pretend to want to meet someone here. They fall in love, which makes Revo extremely jealous.

Revo shows his hatred of Tanoa by killing a goatherd. To protect Tanoa from Revo's thirst for revenge, Aloma pretends to love Revo. Another woman, Kari, is in love with Revo herself and tells Tanoa the truth. Tanoa advises Kari to move to another island with Revo, otherwise he will be executed. Revo refuses and ambushes Tanoa the next morning. Tanoa defeats him in battle and lets him sail away in a boat with Kari. When Kari Revo confesses her love, he kills her and returns to the island.

On the day of Aloma and Tanoa's wedding, Corky learns of Revo's return. After the wedding ceremony, Revo kills the high priest. He attacks the guests with a machine gun from a cliff. To reach him, Tanoa climbs the cliff and is given fire protection by Corky, who uses a pistol. At exactly this point in time, the island volcano erupts. The islanders interpret the outbreak as God's will. Revo is killed by a rock fall. Tanoa, Aloma, Corky, Tarusa and Aloma's friend Nea escape the lava. The volcano calms down and the islanders can repair the damage caused by the eruption.


"Carefree melodrama in front of an exotic backdrop."


The color camera and special effects (Farciot Edouart and Gordon Jennings for the camera effects, Louis Mesenkop for the sound effects) were nominated for the Oscar in 1942 .


  • The film is one of over 700 Paramount Pictures productions shot between 1929 and 1949, the television rights of which were sold to Universal Pictures in 1958 .
  • The film is the remake of Aloma, the flower of the South Seas from 1926, which was also based on the play. It was directed by Maurice Tourneur and Gilda Gray played the title role.
  • For the Oscar-nominated cameraman William E. Snyder it was the second work on a movie. His colleague Karl Struss was the winner of the first Camera Oscars in 1929.
  • The set of the film was in the hands of the later Oscar winners Hans Dreier and Walter Pereira, the costumes came from the later eight-time Oscar winner Edith Head .
  • The special effects team was nominated for two films in 1942. They won the Oscar with I Wanted Wings .
  • Katherine DeMille was the adopted child of director Cecil B. DeMille . At the time of filming, she was married to Anthony Quinn .
  • Dorothy Lamour sings the song The White Blossoms of Tah-Ni in the film , which was composed by Friedrich Hollaender and Frank Loesser .

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Individual evidence

  1. Aloma, the daughter of the South Seas. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed November 11, 2015 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used