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Honolulu (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 February 1939 (USA)
Wanting a break from his overzealous fans, a famous movie star hires a Hawaiian plantation owner to switch places with him for a few weeks.

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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
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Cecelia Grayson
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Mr. Horace Grayson
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Ann Morriss ...
Gale Brewster
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Wong
Cliff Clark ...
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Washington (as Eddie Anderson)
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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 plantation owner George Smith is mistaken by Mason's fans for Mason and brought to Mason's home. They decide to exchange their identities 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 with dancer Dorothy March, who also is on her way to Hawaii. Problems for Mason arise due to the fact that Smith is engaged to 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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THRILL! To Eleanor Powell's breath-taking dance spectacle, "Hymn to the Sun!" See more »


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3 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Die Liebe auf Hawaii  »

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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 De Grasse: So, you're going to go through with it. You're gonna marry this Grayson girl just because she has a big plantation with lovely pineapples.
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Connections

References The Firefly (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

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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See It For Eleanor Powell
9 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Robert Young plays a movie star who meets his lookalike, a rich Hawaiian plantation owner. So the two decide to swap places for awhile Parent Trap-style. The rich guy finds out to his chagrin what life is like for a big celebrity. The movie star meanwhile meets and falls in love with a pretty dancer (Eleanor Powell). All of the expected chaos ensues. It seems to me this plot would have been more interesting had both guys not been rich, successful types. The non-celebrity guy should have been a regular Joe, not some rich plantation owner. As it is, this part of the film is not that fun.

Robert Young does fine but Eleanor Powell, with her million-dollar smile and awesome dance routines, is the best part of the film. Her jump rope number will make an instant fan out of anybody. The sexy hula dance is justifiably a classic. Those hips! Those legs! George Burns and Gracie Allen are the comic relief but, as was often the case, Gracie is an acquired taste. She's funny but is a little bit much at times.

Cameo at the start of the film from Ruth Hussey. One of Gracie's musical numbers bizarrely features Marx Bros. imitators and ends with Powell in blackface! If you're a big fan of Young's, I'm sure you will appreciate his performance. Everybody else should check it out for Eleanor Powell's dancing.


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