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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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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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The pattern of the robe that the bride wears in the opening number changes from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Myrtle Finch: Fine thing! Shanghaied in Honolulu! Well, why don't you do something about it?
Shad Buggle: Well, shucks, them boys won't give us trouble if we let 'em have their own way. They ain't cannibals. Besides, if they was, you'd be safe.
Myrtle Finch: [She starts to respond but realizes her looks have been impugned and pauses after a double take] Why, sure, I'd...
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Nani Ona Pua
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Bing Crosby and Hawaiian chorus
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A lavish and altogether pleasant Bing Crosby musical from the 30s
13 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a good film to watch late at night, when you're too tired to concentrate on a heavy plot and are ready for some pretty music and comic diversion. The two songs you'll immediately recognize are "Blue Hawaii" and "Sweet Lelani" (which won the Oscar that year).

Bing Crosby is his usual agreeable self, in great voice, inhabiting the screen but not his character, really. His seemingly effortless singing is,as always,mellow and fine. Shirley Ross (she of "Thanks for the Memory" with Bob Hope) has a very appealing, intelligent and charming way with a line and a song. Bob Burns is there for comic relief, as is a young Martha Raye, who is, well, Martha Raye. You either like her or you don't...but she does manage a few laughs with her very physical antics and double-take expressions. A very lithe and boyish Anthony Quinn, playing one of his early "native" roles (here as a Polynesian), pops up in several scenes...years before his own ascendancy to super-stardom.

It's the music and the lavish Hollywood-Hawaiian sets and luau scenes that make this a very pleasant movie to watch.


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