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Directed byVictor Fleming
Written byDoris Anderson (adaptation)
Ethel Doherty (scenario)
George Marion, Jr. (titles)
Frederica Sagor (uncredited)
Based onHula, a Romance of Hawaii
by Armine von Tempski
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
B. P. Schulberg
(associate producer)
StarringClara Bow
Clive Brook
Arlette Marchal
Albert Gran
CinematographyWilliam Marshall
Edited byE. Lloyd Sheldon
Eda Warren
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 27, 1927 (1927-08-27)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Hula is a 1927 American silent romantic comedy film directed by Victor Fleming, and based on the novel Hula, a Romance of Hawaii (1927) by Armine von Tempski. The film stars Clara Bow and was released by Paramount Pictures.[1] The film will fall into the public domain on January 1, 2023, because regardless of the film itself's renewal status, the copyright of the book it was based on was renewed in 1954.[2]


Hula, 1927 lantern slide
Hula, 1927 lantern slide

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.[3]

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.



Bow in a famous scene from the film
Bow in a famous scene from the film

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.[3] 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.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Hula at
  2. ^ "Hula; a romance of Hawaii".
  3. ^ a b Fischer, Lucy (2003). Designing Women: Cinema, Art Deco, and the Female Form. Columbia University Press. pp. 174–76. ISBN 0-231-12501-1.
  4. ^ Schlater, Angela (December 2008). Flaming Youth: Gender in 1920s Hollywood. Ann Arbor, Michigan. pp. 91–93. ISBN 978-0-549-94439-3.
  5. ^ Wood, Houston (1999). Displacing Natives: The Rhetorical Production of Hawaiʻi. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 104–05. ISBN 0-8476-9141-1.

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