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

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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 »


[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 Test Pilot (1938) See more »


Hawaiian Medley
Played by Andy Iona's Orchestra (as Andy Iona's Islanders)
Sung by The King's Men
Danced by Eleanor Powell (uncredited)
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Lulu of a dance
27 July 2008 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

This B musical (still available only on VHS) has four things in it worth looking at today: the big "Leader Doesn't Like Music" vaudeville number with singing Marx Brothers impersonators and Gracie Allen got up as Mae West; and Powell's three dance numbers. The first shows off Powell's ability to tap while skipping rope. The second, a blackface tribute to Bill Robinson, would be cornball if Powell weren't so good. The third, a long hula in two acts, isn't Powell's best number but it seems better suited to her big athletic style than her dressy nightclub-style numbers. For once she is not dressed like the mailman, and it's possible to see the unbelievable condition she was in at that time as well as the speed and power of her movements. Fred Astaire surely saw this film while the preparations were underway to make "Broadway Melody of 1940", which teamed him with Powell (or rather, the other way around). No wonder he was scared.

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