Aloha Oe (1915)

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Playwright Willard Mack was never averse to "borrowing" someone else's good idea. In the case of Aloha Oe, Mack's inspiration was obviously the old stage chestnut Bird of Paradise. In Aloha Oe, an alcoholic and drug-dependent attorney (played by Mack himself) journeys to the South Seas to regain his health. Here he falls in love with a gorgeous native girl (Enid Markey), the daughter of an island king. Eventually, the attorney must return to the States to assume his family and professional responsibilities. But the siren song of the island is too strong to resist, thus he heads back to the South Seas, there to spend the rest of his days with his gorgeous tropical princess. The part of Mack's cast-off fiancee was played by Roszika Dolly, of the celebrated Dolly Sisters.