Aloma of the South Seas (1941): Romantic Adventure Starring Jon Hall


Alfred Santell’s exotic romantic adventure, “Aloma and the South Seas,” stars Jon Hall as an islander, sent to the U.S. to get formal education, but he’s forced back to his home, when a rebellion erupts after his father dies.
The love interest is played by the charming Dorothy Lamour, who was popular then due to her appearances in “The Road” pictures.
This was the second teaming of Hall and Lamour after their successful (and erotic) appearance in the disaster picture, “Hurricane.”
At the time, the recreation of a volcano eruption was impressive, thus winning an Oscar nomination.
Oscar Nominations: 2
Cinematography (color): Wilfred M. Cline, Karl Struss, William Snyder
Special Effects: Farciot Edouart, Gordon Jennings, photographic; Louis Mesenkop, sound
Oscar Awards: None
Oscar Context:
The winners of the Cinematography Oscar were Ernest Palmer and Ray Rennahan for “Blood and Sand.”
“I Wanted Wings” won the Oscar for Special Effects, executed by Edouart, Jennings and Mesenkop, who were also nominated that year for “Aloma and the South Seas.”