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Blue Hawaii (1961)

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Chad Gates has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His father wants him to go to work at the Great ... See full summary »

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Enid Garvey
Hilo Hattie ...
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Selena (Sandy) Emerson (as Pamela Kirk)
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Patsy Simon
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Carl Tanami
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Chad Gates has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His father wants him to go to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, but Chad is reluctant. So Chad goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Rated PG for mild sensuality | See all certifications »
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22 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Hawaii Beach Boy  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Elvis Presley gave his famous ukulele from this film to Hank Garland, nicknamed "Sugarfoot." Garland was one of the top session guitar player during the 1950s in Nashville. He recorded with Elvis and toured with him from 1958-1961. Elvis etched his initials into the ukulele for Garland. During his 1961 Hawaiian benefit concert (for the Arizona Memorial), Elvis was quoted as saying that Garland was "one of the finest guitar players in all of the country." See more »

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When Chad is playing ukulele he is not changing chords, although the music is changing. See more »

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Chad Gates: I think you're a mixed-up kid that's too big for her breeches.
Ellie Corbett: I don't wear breeches.
Chad Gates: You're getting out of here right now, Miss No-Breeches Bardot!
Ellie Corbett: Chad, do you think I'm pretty?
Chad Gates: I think you're pretty forward and pretty stupid.
Ellie Corbett: Wouldn't you rather hold me than Abigail?
Chad Gates: I'd like to hold you over a barbecue pit!
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Aloha Oe
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Can't help falling in love with Elvis
24 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Elvis Presley was in great shape when he made "Blue Hawaii," which was a cut above the typical Elvis garbage films that Colonel Tom arranged for him to make later. This is a really fun film with some great numbers. I have always been partial to Rock A Hula - it's exuberant, it's sexy, it's Elvis. This film also features "Can't Help Falling in Love" and the "Hawaiian Wedding Song." Angela Lansbury has a great turn as Elvis' southern mother.

This film, with its big budget and great soundtrack, laid the groundwork for the Elvis movies made later. Unfortunately, as Parker had negotiated a percentage of each film, it didn't take him long to realize that the faster and cheaper they made them, the more money for him and, by extension, Elvis. In fact, later on, the songs done in the films were not specifically written for the particular film - they were simply unreleased songs that were bundled into an album as the movie soundtrack.

But when you see Blue Hawaii, don't dwell on any of that. Just enjoy the scenery and the young, healthy Elvis, with his whole post-Army life ahead of him. All 17 years of it.


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