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Panama Hattie (1942)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | September 1942 (USA)
Hattie Maloney runs a saloon in Panama where assorted characters congregate where they frequently sing and dance Cole Porter numbers. An upper class gentleman arrives and sparks fly between... See full summary »

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, (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

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(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Wilkie Mahoney) | 2 more credits »
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Rags (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Rowdy
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Leila Tree
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Flo Foster
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Jay Jerkins, Dick's Butler
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Dick Bulliard (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
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Hattie Maloney runs a saloon in Panama where assorted characters congregate where they frequently sing and dance Cole Porter numbers. An upper class gentleman arrives and sparks fly between him and Hattie. They try and overcome complications betweens songs.

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WHAT SAY: LET'S BE BUDDIES (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Loirinha do Panamá  »

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$1,097,907 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Yule, who appears uncredited as a waiter, is the father of cast member Mickey Rooney, whose real name is Joe Yule, Jr. See more »

Quotes

Red: Yeah, I'm a wolf in "ships" clothing!
Flo Foster: Can't understand why they reject guys with flat feet and take em with flat heads!
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Crazy Credits

Lena Horne and The Berry Brothers are not credited in print, but are credited orally by the MC introducing "The Sping" number. See more »

Connections

Referenced in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Hattie From Panama
(1942) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Roger Edens
Sung and danced by Six Hits and a Miss and The Music Maids
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A Single Kernel of Wheat Among the Chaff
9 April 2016 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

That single kernel, that one diamond hidden in the dirt, is an excellent little dance routine by the three comedians. More about that later.

This is one of those movies constructed in a way I most loathe—the characters talk their way through an unpleasant story that bores me to death, and unsympathetic characters (Ann Southern doesn't get along with a child; how unsympathetic can you get????). In amongst all this are three highly-talented comedians, and a bunch of speciality song-and-dance numbers.

I hate specialty numbers. I don't want to see the Berry Brothers jump from a 20-foot high mezzanine into split position during a gratuitous dance. It would be so much better if they did these acrobatics as part of a story, like Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd. But... no. I also hate being dragged away from the only real reason I am watching a movie—to see my favorite comedians. I hated it when Hal Roach did this to Laurel & Hardy and I hate it in this movie.

But one scene—ONE number is the sole reason to keep this DVD. About 31 minutes in, Red, Rags and Ben do a characterful little dance. Now I've been searching to find out if Red Skelton could really dance—he said once that he could dance, but I've never seen him do a good number in his TV shows nor in all the movies I've seen so far; and I've wanted to see Ben Blue do a nice number—because I wondered how someone so contrived could have been a successful performer (and it was obvious that he was a great dancer).

Well, here it is, for a very, very, MUCH TOO SHORT moment or two, the comedians get to do some real dancing. This is dancing with technique, but also infused with great personality and THAT is the dancing I like to see!

For the rest of the movie... meh. I don't see why people like Ann Southern—she has a voice like a kazoo and she doesn't do much with her dancing. Her character is unlikeable, she's not funny, and I do not find her attractive. She is very irritating. I also find Virginia O'Brien extremely boring. The comedy trio is good when they dance, but the rest of time...

...I would actually have preferred to see the Three Stooges doing their sketches!! Especially the one about being in the spooky spy house. Red, Rags and Ben are SO LAME here I couldn't believe it. The Stooges actually would have provided more energy, better pantomime, and better ensemble work.


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