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


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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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Final film appearance of George Burns and Gracie Allen together. 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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Soundtracks

The Leader Doesn't Like Music
(1939)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by The King's Men
Performed also by Gracie Allen (uncredited)
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Worth watching for the dance number.
21 November 2005 | by (Ky.) – See all my reviews

I've read film buffs quoted as saying that Eleanor Powell's Hawaiian dance number in the movie "Honolulu" was the sexist dance ever filmed. Well, I've watched many musicals over the years, and I can't think of one that smoked like that one did. To the driving beat of drums, Miss Powell, barefoot and wearing a grass skirt, overpowered the stage with her athleticism and seductive movements. You gotta see it -- I can't describe it and do it justice!

All and all, it was an enjoyable film simply because of a good cast that was able to overcome a rather threadbare script. Robert Young delivered his usual fine performance playing two characters impersonating one another. The radio comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen were along for the ride: with Geacie fairly enjoyable in her usual role of the slightly daffy friend to Miss. Powell. As another poster here said, Eleanor Powell was best when dancing alone; however, that was enough.


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