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Honolulu (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 February 1939 (USA)
Wanting a break from his overzealous fans, a famous movie star hires a Hawaiian plantation owner to switch places with him for a few weeks.

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Dorothy March
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Brooks Mason / George Smith
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Joe Duffy
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Millie De Grasse
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Cecelia Grayson
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Mr. Horace Grayson
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Nurse
Ann Morriss ...
Gale Brewster
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Wong
Cliff Clark ...
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Edward Gargan ...
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Washington (as Eddie Anderson)
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Psychiatrist (as Sig Rumann)
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Eve
Kealohu Holt ...
Native Dancing Girl (as Kealoha Holt)
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Movie star Brooks Mason tries to avoid his fans and spend some weeks on vacation. When Hawaiian plantation owner George Smith is mistaken by Mason's fans for Mason and brought to Mason's home. They decide to exchange their identities for a few weeks. But George Smith is mobbed by Mason's fans again on a personal appearance tour in New York, Mason falls in love with dancer Dorothy March, who also is on her way to Hawaii. Problems for Mason arise due to the fact that Smith is engaged to Cecilia Grayson and her wealthy father believes that Smith has double-crossed him. Mason isn't able to establish a connection with Smith in New York due to his agent's orders. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Musical Spectacle on Waikiki's Beach of Dreams! Starring ELEANOR POWELL, ROBERT YOUNG, GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN and many more! Plus hundreds of Hula Honeys! 6 months in the making to bring you 600 thrills! See more »


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3 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Die Liebe auf Hawaii  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sammy Lee took over as dance director when Bobby Connolly got involved as dance director in The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »

Quotes

[Millie has just spotted movie star Brooks Mason on the deck of a cruise ship]
Millie De Grasse: My dream man! I'm gonna meet him in person. And I warn you, if he makes one false move, I'm his!
Dorothy March: I suppose you think it'll do you a lot of good to throw yourself at him.
Millie De Grasse: Throw myself at him? If I thought it would do any good, I'd have myself shot at him out of a cannon!
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Featured in That's Dancing! (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Danced by Eleanor Powell in her blackface Bill Robinson medley
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An enigma if there ever was one.
24 November 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

(Spoilers, sort of) Why do I use the word enigma? Because MGM never seemed to know exactly what to do with the great Eleanor Powell. Not unlike the swimming Esther Williams, Powell's films were a kind of specialized musical entertainment where the most uncanny situations had to be dreamed up to show off her tap-dancing skills. And while she was a premier tap dancer- and a better dancer than an actress, she usually danced alone- unlike her male counterparts (Astaire, Kelly, et al) who were usually given dancing partners who doubled as their love interests. In this film, Powell's co-star is the non-dancing Robert Young, who's given a rather foolish subplot in a dual role as a movie star and his double who create havoc when they switch identities. And that's all there is to it. George Burns and Gracie Allen, billed as the second leads, play more apart than they do together. Powell's dance numbers, of course, are sensational: A stair-step routine paying homage to Bill Robinson (while the blackface makeup is startling, the dancing itself is terrific); a shipboard dance with a skipping rope as a prop; and the piece-de-resistance: an all-out grass skirt hula done in two parts: first as a barefoot native dance, then as an ultra-smooth tap sequence done with silver tap shoes. Powell may have been the only woman dancer to dance with her whole body: lots of arm movements, knee bends, splits, high kicks, and puree-speed turns. It's a fun film to watch just for this incredible number.


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