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Blue Hawaii (1961)

After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.

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Selena (Sandy) Emerson (as Pamela Kirk)
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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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Comedy | Musical

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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The closing scene, where Elvis Presley is getting married by the pool, was shot at the Coco Palms Resort on Kauai, where Elvis was staying when filming the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the "Almost Always True" number in the car, there is a bad cut when Maile's hands change position on the steering wheel and Chad's left arm goes from propped on his seatback to stretched out behind Maile. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Blue Hawaii
Written by Leo Robin & Ralph Rainger
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Blue Hawaii (1961) **
30 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Elvis is a G.I. returning home to the Hawaiian islands after a 2 year stint in the service, but remains a kid at heart who doesn't want to grow up. His parents would love him to work a sensible job at his father's pineapple business (!) but all Presley wants to do is have a good time, so he becomes a tour guide (ho-hum). G.I. BLUES was fun and, when we consider all Presley's films in production order, it worked well as a romantic comedy on its own. But BLUE HAWAII was really the film that would take Elvis into a silly direction for most of his future movies in the '60s. He doesn't seem as interested as he was in previous roles, and now we also get a heaping helping of corny twangy throwaway Hawaiian songs from "the King", with embarrassing titles like "Ito Eats". One saving grace music-wise is his featured classic tune "Can't Help Falling in Love", but unfortunately it's an abbreviated version and is sung to an old lady. Angela Lansbury puts in a good effort as Presley's flighty mom, but it doesn't help matters any. I do, in fact, enjoy some of Elvis' later goofy 1960s fun flicks for what they are, but this one was just too standard and aimless. ** out of ****


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