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Pacific Paradise (1937)

Approved | | Short, Music | 28 August 1937 (USA)
This MGM Miniature Musical features Cliff Edwards as the M.C. and Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians Hotel Orchestra providing the music.

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On the shore at Waikiki, Harry Owens leads his orchestra through five of his own compositions, as couples dance on the sand. Waiters pour drinks, the Royal Hawaiian Hula Girls perform, and Cliff Edwards does a bit of singing, as does a tenor and a quartet. We see surfers and men in small swift canoes. Owens introduces a new composition, "O-Ko-Le Ma-Lu-Na," people talk about the meaning of "aloha," there's some comic byplay between the orchestra's tunes, and Cliff plays the uke. His critics toss him in a cauldron. The short ends with a romantic ballad and a kiss upon the shore. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Music

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At the end, "Aloha" appears on the screen. See more »

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O-Ko-Le Ma-Lu-Na
Written by Harry Owens
Performed by male vocal quartet and the Royal Hawaiian Hula Girls, with Harry Owens Royal Hawaiian Orchestra
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Fun Musical Short
3 February 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Pacific Paradise (1937)

*** (out of 4)

MGM musical short features Cliff Edwards introducing the (then) famous Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians as well as the Royal Hawaiian Hula Girls. I had to look up who Harry Owens was before watching this and realized that he was fairly popular back when this was released and the hotel in Hawaii is still a popular resort today for various celebrities. This short features three different songs as well as dance numbers to go along with them. Most of these MGM shorts are just like promo reels where they show off new talent in front and behind the camera and this one here is rather interesting as it's director Sidney's first credit. He would later direct such films as Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun and the Elvis hit Viva Las Vegas, His direction here actually adds a lot to the film because the dance numbers are actually pretty good as is the cinematography and even the editing struck me as being a lot better than what we'd normally get.


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