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Waikiki Wedding (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 23 March 1937 (USA)
A beauty contest winner of the "Miss Pineapple Princess" pageant takes part in a publicity scheme in Hawaii, and is pursued by an advertising executive for the agency doing the promotion.


Frank Tuttle


Frank Butler (screen play), Don Hartman (screen play) | 4 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Tony Marvin
Bob Burns ... Shad Buggle
Martha Raye ... Myrtle Finch
Shirley Ross ... Georgia Smith
George Barbier ... J.P. Todhunter
Leif Erickson ... Dr. Victor Quimby (as Leif Erikson)
Grady Sutton ... Everett Todhunter
Granville Bates ... Uncle Herman
Anthony Quinn ... Kimo
Mitchell Lewis ... Koalani
George Regas ... Muamua
Nick Lukats Nick Lukats ... Assistant Purser
Prince Leilani Prince Leilani ... Priest (as Prince Lei Lani)
Maurice Liu Maurice Liu ... Kaiaka
Raquel Echeverría Raquel Echeverría ... Mahina


Tony Marvin is a laid back but incredibly successful promoter and fair-haired boy for J. P. Todhunter's pineapple company located in beautiful Hawaii. He gets the company to sponsor a contest in which the winner gets a Hawaiian vacation and is obligated to write articles on the islands which, when published, will constitute a publicity coup for the company. Unfortunately, Georgia Smith, the winner, feels lonely and isolated in the Islands and wants to return to the States. With help from buddy Shad Buggle Tony tries to romantically divert Georgia without letting her know his true motivation. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was released on DVD 14 November 2006 as one of 5 titles in Universal's Bing Crosby Screen Legend Collection, and again 11 November 2014 as one of 24 titles in Universal's Bing Crosby Silver Screen Collection. See more »


When Martha Raye sings "Okolehua", her hairstyle changes from being down at the sides of her face, to up away from her face in the middle of the number. See more »


Shad Buggle: [to Tony] Yeah, some people get ideas standin' up, and some get them sittin' down, but I figure if we just get you a feather bed, we'd never have to work again.
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Sweet Leilani
Written by Harry Owens
Hawaiian lyrics by Jimmy Lowell
Sung by Bing Crosby and Hawaiian chorus
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A Film to Commemorate a Trip
28 April 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In 1937 Bing Crosby made a celebrated trip to the Hawaiian Islands and stayed about a month. Of course being the mega star he was at the time, the trip was accompanied with the usual fanfare and publicity and when he got back Paramount took full advantage of the publicity with Waikiki Wedding.

It would have been nice if in fact they'd sent him back to Hawaii and did some beautiful color location photography, but I assume that Adolph Zukor felt that for the studios own homegrown South Sea island gal, Dorothy Lamour never got off Paramount's backlot, they wouldn't do more for Bing.

However they did give Crosby a good, amusing plot and some nice songs to sing. Crosby plays a publicist for a Pineapple company who has had the idea to sponsor a Miss Pineapple contest with the winner getting an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii and to send back articles about the great time she's having and hawk the virtues of Hawaiian Pineapples. But the winner, Shirley Ross, ain't havin' such a good time, she's bored. So Bing concocts this elaborately staged adventure involving a stolen idol, a volcano, some natives and Shirley loves it and him.

It all resolves itself in the end. George Barbier who's a favorite character actor of mine from the 30s plays Bing's boss at his choleric best. Crosby gets good support from Martha Raye and Bob Burns. Martha Raye was doing the second of three films she did with Bing. Bob Burns, who is forgotten today was a regular on Bing's Kraft Music Hall radio show. He played a hillbilly type character with a touch of Will Rogers without the topical humor. He did two films with Bing and retired from show business in 1941.

Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin did the score which includes the classic Blue Hawaii, reprised later by Elvis Presley. However the number one song in the movie at the time was Sweet Leilani, word and music by Hawaiian composer Harry Owens. Bing heard the song while in Hawaii and insisted it be included in the picture. It won an Oscar that year for best song and Crosby had a big hit record of it.

Nice Entertaining movie in the Crosby manner.

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English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

23 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waikiki See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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