MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 15,925 this week

Hawaii Calls (1938)

 -  Drama | Musical  -  11 March 1938 (USA)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 27 users  
Reviews: 4 user

After being nabbed while trying to stow away on board an ocean liner en route to Hawaii, young Bobby Breen sings for his travel fare and, along with sidekick Pua, turns detective to recover... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive + 1 more

Editors' Spotlight

Emmy Awards 2014

We have the winners, photos and more in our 2014 Emmys section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 8765 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Hawaii Calls" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hawaii Calls (1938)

Hawaii Calls (1938) on IMDb 5.9/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hawaii Calls.
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Breen ...
Billy Coulter
Ned Sparks ...
Strings
Irvin S. Cobb ...
Captain O'Hare
...
Mrs. Milburn
Warren Hull ...
Commander Milburn
Mamo Clark ...
Hina
Raymond Paige ...
Orchestra Director
Aggie Auld ...
Hula Dancer
Cy Kendall ...
Hawaiian Policeman
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Mr. Harlow
William Harrigan ...
Blake
Juanita Quigley ...
Doris Milburn
Pua Lani ...
Pua
Dora Clement ...
Mrs. Harlow
Donald Kirke ...
Regon
Edit

Storyline

After being nabbed while trying to stow away on board an ocean liner en route to Hawaii, young Bobby Breen sings for his travel fare and, along with sidekick Pua, turns detective to recover stolen naval documents from crooks Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hawaii | song | singing | barbecue | usa | See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Hawai  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (RCA System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Famous Movie Dogs (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Hawaii Calls
by Harry Owens
Sung by Bobby Breen (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Impulsive Trip
11 March 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Hawaii Calls finds young Bobby Breen on a boy's life adventure trip to what would become our 50th state. The film is complete with Japanese spies and everything three years before we got into World War II.

Truth be told orphan Breen hasn't got a whole lot going for him. His parents were killed in a plane crash, but he dreams of being a pilot like his aviator dad. On an impulse Breen and his pal Pua Lani stow away on a cruise ship bound for Honolulu. Would you believe that Ned Sparks takes pity on them and Breen gets to sing for his supper with the Raymond Paige orchestra which is the nightly entertainment on the boat.

But Bobby and Pua jump ship and swim to shore before the law catches him and can send him back to the mainland. And on shore he gets involved with Pua's family and with another pair of tourists Naval commander Warren Hull and wife Gloria Holden. It's here where the nasty Japanese spies come into the story.

No one outrightly says that the foreign power after some top secret documents that Hull is carrying is Japan, but in 1938 the Sino-Japanese War was in full swing with Japanese atrocities in China part of the newsreel footage being shown, no doubt with this film among others. A better picture could not be drawn.

Some traditional Hawaiian songs were given to Bobby to sing and some new stuff written by Hawaiian composer Harry Owens who doubled as conductor of the Orchestra at Honolulu's famous Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Owens was fresh of his Oscar for Sweet Leilani which Bing Crosby introduced the year before in Waikiki Wedding.

All in all a nice film from far more innocent times.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hawaii Call TV show alexnjan20
Discuss Hawaii Calls (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?