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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

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 ...
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Sig Ruman ...
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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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hawaii | dancer | vacation | actor | jail | See more »

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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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Honolulu  »

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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]
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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Connections

References The Firefly (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

A-Tisket, A-Tasket
(1938) (uncredited)
Written by Ella Fitzgerald and Van Alexander
Sung by George Burns with improvised lyrics
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Fun but an awful lot of dancing,....if you like that sort of thing
1 February 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Robert Young plays dual roles--one is a famous movie star who longs to escape and get some needed rest and relaxation and the other is a pineapple plantation owner from Hawaii who is visiting the States. The two meet and decide to switch roles for a while. However, total chaos results and no one believes either one when problems develop and they try to explain the switch. As a result, the actor is almost forced to marry the plantation owner's fiancé and the plantation owner is thought to be crazy and ends up in a straight-jacker! It's all pretty funny, but is greatly hindered by the ill-defined focus of the film. That's because in addition to this cute plot, there is a parallel element to the film that just doesn't seem to fit. Eleanor Powell, the Queen of Dance, is also on hand and spends a HUGE amount of the film dancing and dancing and dancing. And these dancing segments don't seem all that well integrated into the rest of the film. It either should have been ALL comedy or ALL dance--making it BOTH was, in hindsight, a mistake. In addition, while I really liked the nice guys that Young played, I HATED Burns and Allen, as they seemed like more of a distraction than anything else. In fact, Gracie's brand of humor, to me, wore very thin. I guess that they aren't everyone's taste!


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