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Bland programmer has only one distinction for me...
Neil Doyle from U.S.A.
1 January 2007
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
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
Trivia note: When HAWAIIAN NIGHTS ended, one little boy said to his
mother: "Now can we see BEAU GESTE?"
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