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Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  27 November 1942 (USA)
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In pre-WW2 Europe, a woman notices that wherever her husband goes, the Nazis seem to follow. Meanwhile, a charming reporter is following them...

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Kathie O'Hara / Katherine Butt-Smith / Baroness Katherine Von Luber
Walter Slezak ...
Baron Franz Von Luber
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Gaston Le Blanc
Albert Bassermann ...
Gen. Borelski
Ferike Boros ...
Elsa
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German Capt. Von Kleinoch
Harry Shannon ...
Ed Cumberland
Natasha Lytess ...
Anna
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At the start of WWII, Katie O'Hara, an American burlesque girl intent on social climbing, marries Austrian Baron Von Luber. Pat O'Toole, an American radio reporter, sees this as a chance to investigate Von Luber, who is suspected of having Nazi ties. As country after country falls to the Nazis, O'Tool follows O'Hara across Europe. At first he is after a story, but he gradually falls in love with her. When she learns that her husband is indeed a Nazi, O'Hara fakes her death and runs off with O'Toole. In Paris, she is recruited to spy for the allies; he uses a radio broadcast to make Von Luber and the Nazis look like fools. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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He kissed her all over the map on another fellow's honeymoon. See more »


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27 November 1942 (USA)  »

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Baronessan går under jorden  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Director Leo McCarey shot additional scenes for insurance in September 1942, before Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers started new movies. See more »

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The photographer says that seven countries have already fallen. At this point, actually eight had: Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Holland and Belgium. See more »

Quotes

Gaston Le Blanc: Look here, old man. Where is your patriotism?
Patrick 'Pat' O'Toole: Well, thinking of her with him isn't helping it any! And you leave my patriotism out of this. I don't mind giving up coffee and sugar but when it comes to... I'd like to know what man was ever hero enough to say I have but one wife to give to my country!
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Don't Wait Too Long
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Written by Irving Berlin
[Slow tempo in the score during the bar scene where Katie and Pat are drunk]
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A good film - very odd however.
15 November 2008 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I am watching the Cary Grant films in a very odd order. This is my second (the first was "Bringing Up Baby", which is a sensible first Cary Grant film). I originally wanted to watch this because of Ginger Rogers co-starring with Cary Grant, without knowing what the film was about. Unfortunately, Ginger does not do any dancing or singing, but she and Cary do a marvellous job! These two actors are the points I like most about "Once Upon a Honeymoon", but this film is interesting in other aspects as well...

It was a film made in the "The war in Europe," around the time America had only just joined the war. This film was probably made to convince Americans that they should help the Europeans in the war. Only a few days after "Once Upon a Honeymoon" was released, America happened to join the war. Whether this film convinced anybody or not does not seem to be clear, but it certainly made some sort of impression on the average public.

I found the war theme disturbing in places in this film, especially the part where Cary and Ginger are briefly taken to a concentration camp. Luckily, this film has quite a deal of little old humorous bits popped in every now and again, thanks to the actors playing the good characters and it is quite a light film to watch.

I recommend this to people who like Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers (and do not mind if she does not dance or sing), people who are interested in World War II and to people who like films that are a good deal different. Enjoy "Once Upon a Honeymoon"! :-)


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