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Honeymoon in Bali (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 29 September 1939 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Gail Allen
Eric Sinclair
Tony, the Window Washer
Miss Lorna 'Smitty' Smith
Noel Van Ness
Carolyn Lee ...
Rosie, Daughter of Bill's dying Friend
Fortune Teller at Egret Room
Miss Stone, Gail's Secretary
Meek Man
Store Detective
Benny Bartlett ...
Jack, Singing Telegram Boy (as Bennie Bartlett)


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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Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Are Husbands Necessary?  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Charles Edgar Schoenbaum took over as director of photography for two days when Ted Tetzlaff caught the flu. See more »


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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Loved the film, couldn't stand the kid
6 July 2008 | by (London) – See all my reviews

What an enjoyable piece of fluff. Though I'd say it was a bit more than a piece of fluff, really, as there is subtlety galore, and philosophy, and irreverence and some macabre/screwball humour when the love rival for Fred MacMurray says in an offhand way that she'd attempted suicide but then got married, but then found it hard to be sad when her husband was killed playing polo... That kind of humour would raise eyebrows even today! Alan Jones sings his manly heart out while wearing a pencil moustache, and Madeleine Carroll says some very clever and deep things about the nature of female independence. You can tell that the actress really thought these lines were quite wise and put a lot of feeling into them, even though the film is at pains to prove the opposite view. Likewise subtle is the fact that MacMurray is a bit of a cad, not a straightforward hero. I actually hated him for a good few minutes. The small roles are played with great skill and elan, particularly the fortune teller with her blithe, witty delivery and of course Window-cleaner philosopher Akim Tamiroff, whom I ended up applauding out loud for his sheer verve, and the comedy and character he packs into each gesture. The fly in the ointment, to this cow-poke anyway, is the truly cringeworthy little girl. Ugh! You can just see her pushy mother urging her on to become the next Shirley Temple. Sorry dear, that requires talent, not just a shrill voice and a pudgy face.

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