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Honolulu Lu (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 11 December 1941 (USA)
Consuelo Cordoba is a headstrong girl trying to reform her con man uncle Don Estaban Cordoba, who is posing as a wealthy tourist in Hawaii. A local woman takes Consuelo under her wing and ... See full summary »

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Don Estaban Cordoba
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Bennie Blanchard
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Barney
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Consuelo Cordoba is a headstrong girl trying to reform her con man uncle Don Estaban Cordoba, who is posing as a wealthy tourist in Hawaii. A local woman takes Consuelo under her wing and helps her get a job at the 'Blue Chip Cabaret'. Using the name Lu, she sings, dances and does comedy impressions for the audience of enthusiastic sailors. They enter Lu in the Miss Honolulu contest, but Don Estaban Cordoba has also entered her as his high society niece Consuelo. In the meantime Don Estaban Cordoba is recognized from a previous swindle. He convinces local authorities that Lu is an international spy. Written by Robert

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She's a Honey! She's a Lulu! She's the Queen of Honolulu! (original poster) See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Lupe Velez does impressions of Marlene Dietrich, Gloria Swanson, Katharine Hepburn, and Hitler. See more »

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Honolulu Lu
Written by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin
Sung and danced by Lupe Velez
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Lupe at her loopiest!
14 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A surprisingly good "B" comedy from Columbia starring RKO's "Mexican Spitfire", this is a tale of mistaken identity where Latina singer Lupe Velez arrives in Hawaii and becomes two different characters, both the star of a bond drive. Consuela is the darling of Marjorie Gateson's society, and Lu is the sweetheart of the navy, having won their admiration during a nightclub show where she amusingly imitates Dietrich, Swanson, Hepburn and Hitler. Ms. Velez's impressions are dead on, and it is hysterically funny to see the Furher in a long evening gown. Leo Carrillo plays her social climbing uncle who has no idea that she is also posing as Lu, and for some reason, makes the military police think she's a spy. Lupe finds romance with the handsome Bruce Bennett who is always being stalked by his buddies (which includes a young Forrest Tucker), while Carrillo is a Latino Groucho to Gateson's stuffy Margaret Dumont type matron.

Some future stars appear in smaller roles, although according to the cast list, some of them were deleted from the final print. Velez gets more opportunities to steal the scenes here, as in the "Mexican Spitfire" scenes, she was usually upstaged by Leon Errol. At just over an hour, this is just the type of second feature that audiences clamored for during the heyday of Hollywood, and being just right before America got involved in the war, it is also patriotic to the countries already involved. The scarier thought though is that with its Hawaiian setting that within months of the film's release, Pearl Harbor would be attacked.


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