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Honolulu (1939)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  3 February 1939 (USA)
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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:
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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
Rita Johnson ...
Cecelia Grayson
Clarence Kolb ...
Mr. Horace Grayson
Jo Ann Sayers ...
Nurse
Ann Morriss ...
Gale Brewster
Willie Fung ...
Wong
Cliff Clark ...
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Edward Gargan ...
Second Detective
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Washington (as Eddie Anderson)
Sig Ruman ...
Psychiatrist (as Sig Rumann)
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Eve
Kealohu Holt ...
Native Dancing Girl (as Kealoha Holt)
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Storyline

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 <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Hundreds of lovely hula girls . . . scores of lilting songs . . . spectacle to make you marvel !


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3 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Liebe auf Hawaii  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The entire "Hola E Pae" number of the Hawaiian Medley was inserted into the movie I Dood It (1943). See more »

Quotes

[Millie has just spotted movie star Brooks Mason on the deck of a cruise ship]
Millicent 'Millie' De Grasse: My dream man! I'm gonna meet him in person. And I'm warning you, if he makes one false move, I'm his!
Miss Dorothy 'Dot' March: I suppose you think it'll do you a lot of good to throw yourself at him.
Millicent '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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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Folks at Home
(1851) (uncredited)
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Music by Stephen Foster
Danced by Eleanor Powell in her Bill Robinson medley
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Pleasant cast; tired story
15 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This certainly is a diverse cast: dancer Eleanor Powell, dramatic actors Robert Young and Rita Johnson and comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen.

The storyline is anything but diverse: the standard "someone-pretending to be someone else-and then getting trouble because it" baloney. Man, you would think Hollywood would tire of that kind of story but those type of plots have running forever, it seems, and I guess they always will.

Usually, I get tired of that sort of thing quickly but this film made it tolerable because all the characters in this film were non-offensive people. Powell was also likable and her tap dancing was always great. She does three numbers in here. Young played two roles: an actor named "Brooks Mason" and a Honolulu pineapple grower "George Smith."

Most of the comedy is provided by Gracie Allen, who played her normal ditsy self with her husband as the straight man. All in all, a slightly better-than-average film for the sappy story but one look was enough.


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