Movie star Brooks Mason wants a vacation from his over zealous fans. He hires Hawaiian plantation-owner George Smith, a look-alike, to change places with him for a few weeks.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy March
Brooks Mason / George Smith
Joe Duffy
Millie De Grasse
Cecelia Grayson
Clarence Kolb ...
Mr. Horace Grayson
Jo Ann Sayers ...
Ann Morriss ...
Gale Brewster
Cliff Clark ...
First Detective
Edward Gargan ...
Second Detective
Washington (as Eddie Anderson)
Psychiatrist (as Sig Rumann)
Kealohu Holt ...
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Movie star Brooks Mason tries to avoid his fans and spend some weeks on vacation. When Hawaiian plantage-owner George Smith is mistaken by Mason's fans for Mason and brought to Mason's home. They decide to change their identitiess 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 to dancer Dorothy March, who also is on her way to Hawaii. Problems for Mason arise due to the fact that Smith is engaged with 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 <>

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Sing! Dance! Laugh! Romance! It's joyous! (One-sheet poster). See more »


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Release Date:

3 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Liebe auf Hawaii  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's television premiere in Los Angeles took place Friday 14 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Saturday 2 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by San Francisco 21 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City it first aired 20 September 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Millicent 'Millie' De Grasse: So you're going to marry this girl just because she has a big plantation with big pineapples.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »


The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by Shelton Brooks
Danced by Eleanor Powell in her 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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