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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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Complete credited cast:
Kathie O'Hara / Katherine Butt-Smith / Baroness Katherine Von Luber
Walter Slezak ...
Baron Franz Von Luber
Gaston Le Blanc
Albert Bassermann ...
Gen. Borelski
Ferike Boros ...
German Capt. Von Kleinoch
Harry Shannon ...
Ed Cumberland
Natasha Lytess ...


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 <>

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27 November 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventura matrimonial  »

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| (Turner library print)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Rogers speaks the line "Coming my way?", a subtle reference to director Leo McCarey's next picture. See more »


Famous footage of Hitler visiting Paris is shown. Following this, many scenes (and many days) occur before the Baron is called in to see Hitler, yet it is well recorded that Hitler's visit to the city lasted only 3 hours. See more »


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Patrick 'Pat' O'Toole: That's what I wanted to be.
Katie O'Hara Von Luber, aka Katherine Butt-Smith: It's that simple. Goodbye.
Patrick 'Pat' O'Toole: Now, just a moment. One last look. I want to always remember you just the way you look tonight... today.
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References Going My Way (1944) See more »


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Ginger Rogers shines in this movie.
29 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is interesting more as a historical piece than as a source of entertainment. This movie makes repeated references to the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. The story itself is trite and banal and Cary Grant's attempts at comedy fall flat. However, these drawbacks are negated by the presence of Ginger Rogers who is absolutely stunning, even in black and white. She is HOT. No way that that Cary Grant was going to upstage her; he definitely plays second-banana to Ms. Rogers. Trying to imagine how an audience may have received this movie when it was released in 1942, for twenty-five cents, which was how much it cost to go to a movie in those now practically ancient days, the audience certainly got their money's worth. After all, the world was at war, Adolf Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo were running amok, victory was uncertain, but when seated inside a nice, comfortable movie theater watching Cary Grant coming on to Ginger Rogers, it must have offered at least a welcomed respite from the anxiety associated with the war, which is what entertainment is all about. Today there are many beautiful actresses, and some of them can even act, but Ginger Rogers set the standard and she's still number one.

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