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Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 27 November 1942 (USA)
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
Baron Franz Von Luber
Gaston Le Blanc
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 <jao@jao.com>

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HE kissed her in VIENNA...SHE kissed him in WARSAW...THEY kissed each other in PRAGUE...Now what do you suppose happened in PARIS??(original poster) See more »


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27 November 1942 (USA)  »

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Leo McCarey's Once Upon a Honeymoon  »

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| (Turner library print)

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(RCA Sound System)


(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Berlin-born Natasha Lytess, who appears in the small role as the Jewish hotel maid, was Marilyn Monroe's acting coach and friend for many years. 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 »


Patrick 'Pat' O'Toole: But I still don't see how a lovely creature with your possibilities could a...
Katie O'Hara Von Luber, aka Katherine Butt-Smith: You're a newspaperman?
Patrick 'Pat' O'Toole: Yeah.
Katie O'Hara Von Luber, aka Katherine Butt-Smith: Why?
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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: VIENNA 1938 See more »


Referenced in The Big Street (1942) See more »


Strip Polka
Written by Johnny Mercer
Used throughout the picture as Katie's theme
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A Little Reverse Psychology
18 November 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm amazed at the bad reception that Once Upon a Honeymoon got from other reviewers here. It's not the greatest film from either the stars or the director, but far from the worst. See Satan Never Sleeps or My Son John for Leo McCarey's worst. And it's one of Walter Slezak's best roles.

Slezak plays the fictional Baron Von Luber who like the Fuehrer was Austrian born and played a big hand in the Anschluss. After that he became a Nazi ambassador of good will. But in his wake countries seem to fall to the Germans after every one of his missions. He's a rising star in the Nazi movement.

He's also married a show business American wife in the person of Ginger Rogers. That and his activities arouse the curiosity of editor Harry Shannon and commentator Cary Grant.

Once Upon a Honeymoon is very similar to that other Cary Grant film from Alfred Hitchcock, Notorious. Of course the Hitchcock film has Grant as an FBI agent who gets Ingrid Bergman to marry Claude Rains to spy on his postwar activities in a country with no extradition. Rains actually becomes an object of some audience sympathy even as a Nazi, but Slezak never does.

In fact his role is similar to that other exhibit of the master race found in that other Hitchcock film, Lifeboat. But he's gotten in a way that the gauleiter of the lifeboat never is. Cary Grant damns him with faint praise and a shrewd use of reverse psychology on the Nazi mind. Slezak's reactions to Grant's broadcast are worth seeing the film alone.

Leo McCarey makes some very serious points about the Nazis mixed in with the humor. When Grant and Rogers are caught when they think they're Jewish, it's a very harrowing predicament indeed until they are providentially rescued.

Once Upon A Honeymoon though firmly dated to World War II, holds up very well in the laugh and propaganda departments both.

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