LanguageSilent (English intertitles) WriterGeorge Marion, Jr., Frederica Sagor Release dateAugust 27, 1927 (1927-08-27) Based onHula, a Romance of Hawaii
by Armine von Tempski ScreenplayFrederica Sagor Maas, George Marion, Jr., Doris Anderson, Ethel Doherty CastClara Bow (Hula Calhoun), Clive Brook (Anthony Haldane), Arlette Marchal (Mrs. Bane), Arnold Kent (Harry Dehan), Miss DuPont (Margaret Haldane (as Patricia Dupont)) Similar moviesThe Artist, Singin' in the Rain, Daisies, Why Be Good?, Montana Moon, Tanned Legs
Hula is a 1927 American silent romantic comedy film directed by Victor Fleming, and based on the novel Hula, a Romance of Hawaii by Armine von Tempski. The film stars Clara Bow and was released by Paramount Pictures.
Hula Calhoun (Clara Bow) is the daughter of a Hawaiian planter, Bill Calhoun (Albert Gran). She follows the advice of her uncle Edwin (Agostino Borgato), and follows a simple and natural life, far from social conventions of her family and is considered a "wild child" who wears pants and rides horses.
Courted with adoration by Harry Dehan (Arnold Kent), Hula prefers a young British engineer, Anthony Haldane (Clive Brook), who came to the island to oversee the construction of a dam on her father's property. However, Haldane is already married. At a party, Haldane tries to keep his distance but Hula gets drunk and performs a seductive hula dance for him. She manages to provoke him so much that he promises that he will get a divorce. When his wife, Margaret (Patricia Dupont), appears, Hula makes a deal with one of the foreman to use dynamite to blow up a point on the dam. Thinking that her husband is now ruined, Mrs. Haldane agrees to the divorce, and the two lovers can finally get married.
Clara Bow as Hula Calhoun
Clive Brook as Anthony Haldane
Arlette Marchal as Mrs. Bane
Albert Gran as Bill Calhoun
Arnold Kent as Harry Dehan
Patricia Dupont as Margaret Haldane
Agostino Borgato as Uncle Edwin
Duke Kahanamoku as Hawaiian boy
In the opening scene of the film Hula is shown swimming nude in a stream, and later is wearing pants and articulates her sexual desires. Similar to Sadie Thompson (1928), the film depicts a modern woman who is located outside the bounds of American civilization and thus able to act in an "uncivilized" manner like natives who live on the islands.