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Song of the Islands (1942)

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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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Eileen O'Brien
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Jefferson Harper
Jack Oakie ...
Rusty Smith
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Dennis O'Brien
George Barbier ...
Jefferson Harper Sr.
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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 ...
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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Linda Darnell was cast in the female lead in August 1940. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Harper Jr.: If you see me in the moonlight, you better yell aloha and start running.
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Referenced in Yanks (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

O'Brien Has Gone Hawaiian
(1942)
Music by Harry Owens
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung and danced to by Betty Grable and native girls
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Light fluffy war time comedy
21 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I kinda liked this movie. The plot is not much to write off and is questionable if it will have any appeal to adults because it involves full grown men and women acting like ten year olds. Set on the Hawaii Islands it has something to do with some millionaire rancher's son who falls for a enjoy-life goodnik loafer on the Islands. Romance, fighting, with some will they or will they not get together? That is a typical Betty Grable picture. Gable who couldn't really act but was always charming with a nice smile and is always fun to watch because the woman approached all her roles with gusto. It didn't matter the role; she played as if it were Scarlett O'Hara. Poor Victor Mature suffered in being cast in light tripe like this where he practiced how to take pratfalls and sound dopey and goofy before better things and dramatic roles elevated out of this parts. The popular radio star Jack Oakie provides much needed support and has many scenes where his sub plot line dominates the movies. This I have to mention because this is sorely missing in Hollywood movies, today. Let's take a recent hit like "Hitch", Kevin James gets no scene without Will Smith on the phone and in the background and it's a credit to him that he still finds a way to steal the movie. Gable too was not a very good dancer but again you forgive because she lights into it with so much pep and determination and that can be said for the whole movie. It is poorly written, obvious with no surprises but everybody plays it to the utmost fullest that makes you enjoy the whole silly farce for what it's what.


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