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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 ...
First Detective
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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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)  »

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Die Liebe auf Hawaii  »

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

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[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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Honolulu
(1939)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Sung by Gracie Allen (uncredited) and The Pied Pipers (uncredited)
Danced by Eleanor Powell (uncredited)
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They laugh alike, they walk alike, At times they even talk alike
1 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Honolulu" is a silly, fun B movie from 1939 starring Robert Young in a dual role, along with Burns & Allen, Eleanor Powell, and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson.

Young plays an idolized film star, Brooks Mason, probably modeled on MGM's own Robert Taylor, who is exhausted and needs a vacation. When he meets his double, George Smith, who has a plantation in Honolulu, he eagerly trades places with him. George wants to go to New York, where Brooks is being sent, because his girlfriend Cecelia (Rita Johnson) wants him to learn a little sophistication, so it works out. On the ship to Hawaii, Brooks meets Dorothy, and she thinks that he's Smith.

When Brooks arrives in Hawaii, he has to deal with George's fiancée as well as Dorothy. Plus George forgot to mention that he owes his future father-in-law $50,000 from a deal, and now the old man wants his money back.

Typical switched identity film made fun by Powell dancing, the presence of Burns & Allen, and Robert Young. Even if he could have played these roles with a little more verve, Young had the warm presence and sincerity that made him a TV megastar.

Powell does some terrific dancing, and Burns & Allen were both good, with Gracie using some of the old vaudeville jokes.

Of course, stereotypes abound -- an Asian houseboy who can't speak much English, a black butler who hasn't had much education, and Eleanor in blackface doing a tribute to Bill Robinson. However, none of that makes up a lot of the film, and Eleanor's tribute to Robinson was great.


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