Set in the early '40s, a San Francisco prostitute is run out of town just as the second World War has begun to intensify. Mamie settles down in Hawaii, hoping to start a new life. Though ... See full summary »
Set in the early '40s, a San Francisco prostitute is run out of town just as the second World War has begun to intensify. Mamie settles down in Hawaii, hoping to start a new life. Though her prospects look good when she falls in love with a science-fiction writer who treats her with the respect she deserves, the dawning war and the fallacies of her previous lifestyle complicate their budding romance. Mamie cannot fully remove herself from her former profession, and provides some of her old services to the sailors stationed in town. Searching for another means of financial security, Mamie invests in several pieces of real estate and becomes quite wealthy, though her bad reputation has not been forgotten by the locals. Written by
Fox publicity materials claim that Jane Russell's hula number, "Keep Your Eyes on the Hands", was not originally in the film. Crew members reputedly heard it sung at a Honolulu nightclub while there to film exteriors, and found it so "perfect" for Russell that it was incorporated into the film. See more »
Although the story takes place in 1941-1942, all the women's fashion styles are from 1956. See more »
(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo
Music by Harry Warren
Played when the bar opens up after Parchman addresses the girls
Also played when the hostess is playing cards with the sailor See more »
Not much of a movie but see Hawaii in it's golden age
Pretty much a throw away movie that has no real pace, a contrived plot and some wooden acting. That said, I found myself glued to the overall look and feel of the film. It depicts Hawaii in the mid-50's in all it's charm. The clothes, locations, dialogue and style give a highly romantic view of Hawaii and America in it's golden age.
Fun if you want to see Hawaii as many dreamed it was actually like in the 50's (or wish it still was), but not much of a movie.
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