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Honeymoon in Bali (1939)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  29 September 1939 (USA)
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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 »

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Gail Allen
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Eric Sinclair
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Tony, the Window Washer
Helen Broderick ...
Miss Lorna 'Smitty' Smith
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Noel Van Ness
Carolyn Lee ...
Rosie, Daughter of Bill's dying Friend
Astrid Allwyn ...
Fortune Teller at Egret Room
Georgia Caine ...
Miss Stone, Gail's Secretary
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Meek Man
Fritzi Brunette ...
Secretary
William B. Davidson ...
Store Detective
Benny Bartlett ...
Jack, Singing Telegram Boy (as Bennie Bartlett)
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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 independent. Bill proposes, Gail declines and Bill goes home to Bali. But a young girl, Rosie, and Tony the Window Cleaner, who dispels advice on every floor, soon have Gail thinking maybe she was a bit hasty with her no to Bill's proposal. Ere long she discovers that she does love Bill and can't live without him. She goes down to Bali to give him the good news. He learns that he is soon to marry Noel Van Ness. She goes back to New York City. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Those "Honeymoon In Bali"...UUUUUMFFF GIRLS...They've got what it takes!

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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29 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Are Husbands Necessary?  »

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Charles Edgar Schoenbaum took over as director of photography for two days when Ted Tetzlaff caught the flu. See more »

Quotes

Gail Allen: Well... there aren't that many white women there, are there?
Bill 'Willie' Burnett: Not many.
Gail Allen: But a lot of Balinese girls...
Bill 'Willie' Burnett: Oh, a lot of them.
Gail Allen: A man like you, any man I mean, do you... er... I mean, do you marry those girls?
Bill 'Willie' Burnett: [Shakes his head] No.
Gail Allen: Oh. I... I... I suppose some of the men... I mean I suppose, er, I mean...
Bill 'Willie' Burnett: Well, you said you've seen the pictures.
Gail Allen: Do *you* have a girl out there?
Bill 'Willie' Burnett: Five.
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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Played on piano and Sung by Allan Jones
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Who Needs a Man to Push You Around
14 July 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Beautiful blonde businesswoman Madeleine Carroll (as Gail Allen) doesn't think husbands are necessary. In fact, she's become rich and successful by remaining single. And, she wants to stay that way. Then, a restaurant fortune-teller predicts Ms. Carroll will meet a man, and have a child (apparently, the "7 of diamonds" means children). Immediately, Carroll meets aggressive Fred MacMurray (as Bill "Willie" Burnett), a rich white man from Bali. Checking the film's title should give you an idea about where this story is going.

Amusingly, the film's original title "Are Husbands Necessary?" had to be disguarded when its star headed for divorce court. In real life, Carroll found additional husbands. Edward H. Griffith's interesting direction introduces Carroll's character with a clever showcasing of her legs, as they are admired by window-washer Akim Tamiroff; and later, MacMurray is introduced with phallic symbols. But, while interesting in certain respects, "Honeymoon in Bali" is a fairly dreadful celebration of misogyny.

An odd part of the film has Carroll dressing up a little girl in see-through lingerie, which the kid lifts for a startled MacMurray (her guardian). Then, the girl prays to "The Devil" on Carroll's telephone. Possibly, the devil bit was a comment on the girl's being from Bali. More weird is the trio's beach singing. Also, MacMurray throws Carroll on the ground. The location they chose for MacMurray's estate in Bali looks lush and lovely, and Benny Bartlett contributes a good bit (as "Jack" the singing telegram boy).

**** Honeymoon in Bali (9/14/49) Edward H. Griffith ~ Madeleine Carroll, Fred MacMurray, Allan Jones, Osa Massen


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