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Hawaiian Nights (1939)

Passed  -  Comedy | Music | Romance  -  1 October 1939 (USA)
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Bandleader Tim Hartley's father objects strongly to his son's occupation choice and packs him off to Hawaii to manage the family hotel holdings. This proves to be a wrong move as Hawaiia has more bands than it does pineapples.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Downs ...
Ted Hartley
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Millie
Constance Moore ...
Lonnie Lane
Eddie Quillan ...
Ray Peters
Matty Malneck ...
Orchestra Leader
Sol Hoopii Jr. ...
Hawaiian Band Leader (as Sol Hoopii)
Etienne Girardot ...
Alonzo Dilman
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Lane
Princess Luana ...
Luana
Thurston Hall ...
T.C. Hartley
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Fothering
Prince Leilani ...
Leileni (as Prince Leileni)
Willie Fung ...
Murphy
Matty Malneck's Orchestra ...
Orchestra
Sol Hoopii Hawaiian Band ...
Band
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Bandleader Tim Hartley's father objects strongly to his son's occupation choice and packs him off to Hawaii to manage the family hotel holdings. This proves to be a wrong move as Hawaiia has more bands than it does pineapples.

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Dipsy doodlers who made the natives go jive...and turned grass-shakers into rug-cutters! (original poster) See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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1 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De zaak gaat met muziek  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Featured in The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey, Good Lookin'!
Written by Frank Loesser and Matty Malneck
Sung by Johnny Downs
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Bland programmer has only one distinction for me...
1 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I vaguely recall seeing this when movies were first being shown on television sometime in the fifties, and recall that it never impressed me as anything more than a slight little comedy with some nice nightclub settings and pretty CONSTANCE MOORE in one of the leading roles. I can barely recall JOHNNY DOWNS at all, but he was the male lead.

However, the only thing that sets this apart for me, in a film memory that goes back pretty far, is the fact that it was the film being shown in September of 1939 at the Riverside theater in Riverside, California when David O. Selznick decided to give GONE WITH THE WIND a sneak preview. At the conclusion of HAWAIIAN NIGHTS, it was announced that a major motion picture was about to be unveiled before an audience expecting to see Gary Cooper in BEAU GESTE.

The manager of the theater, according to reports I've seen, got on stage and told people no one would be allowed into or out of the theater once the film began and they should leave now if they wanted to go home. I doubt many people budged from their seats!! Then, as soon as the lights went out and the GWTW titles began, the audience cheered with delight and history was in the making.

But since then, HAWAIIAN NIGHTS has been merely a blip on anyone's radar screen.

Trivia note: When HAWAIIAN NIGHTS ended, one little boy said to his mother: "Now can we see BEAU GESTE?"


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