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Song of the Islands (1942)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  13 March 1942 (USA)
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With his sidekick Rusty, Jeff Harper sails to paradisiacal tropical isle Ahmi-Oni to bargain on behalf of his cattle baron father for land owned by transplanted Irishman Dennis O'Brien. But... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Jefferson Harper
Jack Oakie ...
Rusty Smith
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George Barbier ...
Harper
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Palola's Father
Hilo Hattie ...
Palola
Harry Owens ...
Harry Owens
Lillian Porter ...
Palola's Cousin
Hal K. Dawson ...
John Rodney
Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians ...
(as Harry Owens' Royal Hawaiians)
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With his sidekick Rusty, Jeff Harper sails to paradisiacal tropical isle Ahmi-Oni to bargain on behalf of his cattle baron father for land owned by transplanted Irishman Dennis O'Brien. But Jeff falls in love with O'Brien's daughter, Eileen, and even his father can't break them up after he arrives and himself falls under the spell of island splendor. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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BETTY'S EVEN GOT THE PALM TREES SWAYING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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13 March 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção do Havaí  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Cut from the release print was a ballad called "Blue Shadows and White Gardenias" (music and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Harry Owens), sung by Betty Grable and Victor Mature (dubbed by Ben Gage). The melody remains in the background score. Bing Crosby, for Decca Records, waxed a version issued originally on a 78. See more »

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Jeff Harper Jr.: If you see me in the moonlight, you better yell aloha and start running.
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Blue Shadows and White Gardenias
(1942)
Music by Harry Owens
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Played as background music
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Betty Grable In A Grass Skirt
27 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Great 1940s World War II Pacific island fantasy movie. The colors are so bright they almost can't be real. Victor Mature and Jack Oakie head to an island where Betty Grable lives in tropic splendor with her father (Thomas Mitchell - Gerald O'Hara from "Gone With The Wind", same Irish accent too by the way...). The music is just fantastic, Harry Owens and his orchestra are incredible, the classic Hula Comedienne Hilo Hattie is on hand as Palola to provide comic relief in her attempts to land Jack Oakie (Jack is afraid of Palola's Cannibal uncle however...). Gloriously non-politically correct in the way that only classic movies can be. Betty Grable in a grass skirt, (wow!) no wonder all the G. I. s you speak to from that time were crazy about her!


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