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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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(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Wilkie Mahoney) | 2 more credits »
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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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HERE'S THE MUSICAL THAT GETS UP ON ITS TOES...AND REALLY GOES TO TOWN (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

Although Ethel Merman was passed over for the role of Hattie in this film, she later played the role in the TV production Panama Hattie (1954) costarring Art Carney and Ray Middleton. See more »

Quotes

Hattie Maloney: They're from the other side of the tracks, and I don't want to get run over crossing!
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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

Good Neighbors
(1942) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Roger Edens
Sung and danced by Red Skelton, Rags Ragland and Ben Blue, with Zedra Conde
Suzanne Ridgway, Carmen Morales, and danced by Carmen Amaya
The female singing was dubbed by Christine Stafford, Judy Matson and Dorothy Wilkerson
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17 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ann Sothern is "Panama Hattie" in this 1942 film based on the Broadway musical starring Ethel Merman. Also starring are Dan Dailey, Red Skelton, Rags Ragland, Ben Blue, Virginia O'Brien (as Flo, originated on Broadway by Betty Hutton), Marsha Hunt, Lena Horne and the Berry Brothers. The story concerns a vivacious nightclub singer (Sothern) who falls in love with a man (Dailey) who has a young daughter, but she has competition from a socially prominent woman who warns Hattie that she's not of his class and won't make a good wife. There is a subplot concerning spies who are uncovered by three sailors (Skelton, Ragland and Blue).

This a very old-fashioned musical comedy plot with pleasant music, the highlight being "Just One of Those Things" as sung by the beautiful Lena Horne. The singing from Sothern and O'Brien is very good, and Sothern does well as the insecure, vulnerable and sometimes overdressed singer. The problem for me are the Three Stooges-like sailors - a little bit of that goes a long way.

Watch it for the singing and the patriotic "Good Neighbors" finale - it was wartime.


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