Singapore Film Locations Archive

Aloha (1950)

Directed by B. S. Rajhans
Written by A.R. Iyer
Language: Malay
Starring: Mariam, Osman Gumanti, P. Ramlee
Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)

Film Locations:
Swimming Pool (unidentified)
Punggol Point Beach?
Serangoon River?
Kangkar (‘港脚’) Village and Fishing Port (Upper Serangoon Road End)?


IN THIS FILM MUSICAL, MALAY ACTORS ARE DRESSED WITH LEIS and Hawaiian shirts, and the coastlines of Singapore masquerades as Waikiki Beach. Aloha is a pretty dame (whose name also doubles as the title of the film) and enjoys the loving attention of Mario, a handsome lad who whiles away his free time partying to Hawaiian music and dancing the ‘hula’. The spoiler to all the idyllic fun appears in the form of a vicious merchant Magoya. He takes a liking to Aloha too, and comes up with a plot to bring harm to Mario.


_01-Aloha-Swimming-Pool _02-Aloha-Plucking-Coconuts
_03-Aloha-Punggol-Beach- _04-Aloha-Punggol-Beach? _05-Aloha-Off-Punggol-Point-Pasir-Gudang_05A-Map-1941-PunggolPoint-PasirGudang _06-Aloha-Mouth-of-Sungei-Punggol? _06A-Aloha-Mouth-of-Sungei-Punggol?_06B-Map-1941-Sungei-Punggol-Tanjong-Punggol
_07-Aloha-Kangkar? _08-Aloha-Kangkar? _08A-Map-1935-Serangoon-River-Kangkar_09-Aloha-Kangkar? _10-Aloha-Kangkar?_11-Aloha-Kangkar?-Boatbuilder_12-Aloha-Kangkar?-Launch-Boat_13-Aloha-Kangkar--Farewell_14-Aloha-Kangkar--Farewell_15-Aloha-Leaving-Kangkar

_16A-Kangkar-Serangoon-River-2014 _16B-Kangkar-Serangoon-River-2014 _16C-Kangkar-Bridge-2014 _16D-Kangkar-Serangoon-River-2014 _16E-Kangkar-2014 _16F-Kangkar-LRT-2014
Further Reading:
1. Bruce Fraser, ‘’Aloha’ is bogus but good fun’. The Straits Times, 1 December 1950, p. 9.
2. Review of ‘Aloha’ by Maureen Mallal. Singapore Free Press, 2 December 1950, p. 2.
3. Augustine Low, ‘Kangkar, once noted for fresh fish and Teochews’. The Straits Times, 30 September 1986, p. 16.
4. Audrey Perera, ‘Kangkar village draws fond ex-residents back’. The Straits Times, 21 December 1986, p. 22.

Film Images:
© 1950 Malay Film Productions
© 2002 Music Valley

Digital Map Source:
1. Federated Malay States. Survey Department, Singapore and Johore, National Library of Australia, MAP G8040 1935. []
2. Great Britain. Ordnance Survey, Singapore Island, National Library of Australia, MAP G8040 1941. []

© 2014 Toh Hun Ping



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