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Waikiki Wedding (1937)

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A beauty contest winner of the "Miss Pineapple Princess" pageant takes part in a publicity scheme in Hawaii, and is pursued by an advertising executive for the agency doing the promotion.

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Tony Marvin is a laid back but incredibly successful promoter and fair-haired boy for J. P. Todhunter's pineapple company located in beautiful Hawaii. He gets the company to sponsor a contest in which the winner gets a Hawaiian vacation and is obligated to write articles on the islands which, when published, will constitute a publicity coup for the company. Unfortunately, Georgia Smith, the winner, feels lonely and isolated in the Islands and wants to return to the States. With help from buddy Shad Buggle Tony tries to romantically divert Georgia without letting her know his true motivation. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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23 March 1937 (USA)  »

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Agapi sti Havai  »

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Bing Crosby sang "Sweet Leilani" by Harry Owens, which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Song. It beat out George and Ira Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away from Me", which is from the 1937 film "Shall we Dance", and which, unlike the semi-forgotten "Sweet Leilani", became a classic. (Even the song "Blue Hawaii", also written for "Waikiki Wedding", is today more famous than "Sweet Leilani", thanks to Elvis Presley.) Bing Crosby sang four different Oscar winning songs in his films. See more »

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During the the close-up scenes where Crosby is smoking his pipe while steering the ship's wheel with Ross beside him, there's a cut to a shadowy long shot of Crosby and his pipe steering the boat alone. Then it cuts back to a closeup of him with Ross at his side. See more »

Quotes

Tony Marvin: Gotta keep her on course.
Georgia Smith: Well, your star moved.
Tony Marvin: Oh, lady, if you could count on women the way they can count on that star, there'd be much more smooth sailing and far less wrecks.
Georgia Smith: Well! Personal experience or something out of a book?
Tony Marvin: What's the difference? It's true.
Georgia Smith: I see... out of a book.
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Blue Hawaii
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Bing Crosby
Reprised by Bing Crosby, Shirley Ross, and chorus
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Great escapist entertainment
15 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The story and direction do slacken a tad towards the end and Anthony Quinn does look rather lost in an early role. But Waikiki Wedding is still a fun film that will cheer anybody up after a hard day. It is lovingly photographed and the costumes and sets do look beautiful even by today's standards. The incidental score is whimsical and catchy, and the songs are wonderful with Sweet Leilani, A Little Hula Heaven and especially Blue Hawaii being classics. The choreography is sharp and not too flashy but never simplistic, suiting the film just fine. Waikiki Wedding is smartly and wittily scripted and the story is not too complicated, moves swiftly and has a lot of charm and heart. Bing Crosby looks very relaxed here and gives a likewise charming performance. As ever, his distinctive voice sounds fabulous. The very attractive Shirley Ross has a voice like heaven and lights up the screen, sharing good chemistry with Crosby, she's virtually forgotten now and that's a shame. The performances of Bob Burns and Martha Raye won't be everyone's cup of tea but I found them a lot of fun with Raye particularly enjoying herself. Nice to see George Barbier too. All in all, very entertaining and charming particularly notable for the songs. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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