MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 86,314 this week

Cocoanut Grove (1938)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 32 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Band tries to get an audition for a job at a prestigious nightclub.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 57 titles
created 13 Feb 2011
 

Related Items

Search for "Cocoanut Grove" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cocoanut Grove (1938)

Cocoanut Grove (1938) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cocoanut Grove.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Bill Burnett, a resident of Bali, visits New York City, meets and falls in love with Gail Allen, the successful manager of a Fifth Avenue shop, who is determined to remain free and ... See full summary »

Director: Edward H. Griffith
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Madeleine Carroll, Allan Jones
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A feud, the origins of which can barely be remembered, has been boiling for decades between two sheltered mountain families, the Tollivers and the Falins. With plans to build a railroad ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Panama, Maggie King meets soldier Skid Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate. The two become involved in a nightclub brawl which causes Maggie... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Charles Butterworth
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Gladys Swarthout, Fred MacMurray, Jack Oakie
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Upper-class female reporter is (despite herself) attracted to hulking laborer digging a tunnel under the Hudson river.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Ilka Chase
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The singing/dancing Angel sisters, Nancy (Dorothy Lamour), Bobby (Betty Hutton), Josie (Diana Lynn) and Patti (Mimi Chandler), aren't interested in performing together, and this plays havoc... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Fred MacMurray, Betty Hutton
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky re-married... and in no hurry to settle for just one husband.

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray, Melvyn Douglas
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Johnny Prentice
...
Linda Rogers
Ben Blue ...
Joe De Lemma
...
Sophie De Lemma
...
Bibb Tucker
Billy Lee ...
Half Pint
George Walcott ...
Tony Wonder
Virginia Vale ...
Hazel De Vore (as Dorothy Howe)
Red Stanley ...
Harry Owens ...
Hula Harry - Band Leader
Randy Oness ...
Band Singer
Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians ...
Royal Hawaiian Orchestra
The Yacht Club Boys ...
Singing Quartette
Edit

Storyline

Band tries to get an audition for a job at a prestigious nightclub.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

High Riding Romance ! - At The Rendezvous of the Stars !


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hollywood é Nossa  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Made 4 years before the deadliest nightclub fire in US history, killing over 400 people and injuring many more. The tragedy brought about changes in building codes, including outward swinging doors and exit signs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lady of Burlesque (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Says My Heart
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Harriet Hilliard
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A band on the run -- lightweight, but delightful
4 July 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Sure, it's pretty lightweight, but like any half decent road movie it offers a more than pleasant ride. Johnny Prentice (Macmurray) tries to keep his struggling Chicago-based swing band from breaking up by convincing them they've got a shot at the legendary Cocoanut Grove in LA. The movie is basically the saga of the band getting across the US to make the Grove, in a trailer not unlike Lucy and Desi's (The Long, Long Trailer). Harriet Hilliard (of The Nelsons fame) comes on board as tutor for Johnny's adopted son, Half-pint, and naturally is soon discovered to be a fine singer who could change the fortunes of the band, especially when she unearths the hidden talents of band member Hula Harry (Harry Owens, whose orchestra provided most of the music).

What lifts this from most B-musicals of this period is a great sense of camaraderie among the musicians on the road, some delightfully eccentric characters (Ben Blue and Eve Arden as the Dancing Dilemmas; Rufe Davis, with a dizzying array of animal noises and sound effects; the child Half-pint, a demon at the drum kit) and some highly improbable scenes, verging on the bizarre, that work for comic value. And some of the songs! Thec signature tune, Says My Heart, will stick in the mind for a long time, as will a couple of the numbers done by the Yacht Club Boys (the deliberately clumsy cruise ship opener, and the OTT Four of the Three Musketeers) not to mention the two Rufe Davis songs. In between, the Hawaiian-flavoured tunes of Harry Owens and his orchestra keep the vibe well and truly on the mellow side.

Cocoanut Grove is silly, and for a road movie is somewhat studio bound, but its principals all have charm and there's enough pace to make the 90 minutes fly by. A delight!


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
TCM... got this one ....? ksf-2
Anyone seen this in the last few years? opsbooks
Discuss Cocoanut Grove (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?