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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.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

Frank Butler (screen play), Don Hartman (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

23 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waikiki See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In one of his earliest film appearances, Anthony Quinn plays the Hawaiian native Kimo. Though Quinn married the crowned princess of Paramount, Cecil B. DeMille's daughter Katherine, the same year this film was released, he would continue to toil in various ethnic bit parts for another fifteen years until his Academy Award-winning breakout performance in Viva Zapata (1952). See more »

Goofs

The pattern of the robe that the bride wears in the opening number changes from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Tony Marvin: Gotta keep her on course.
Georgia Smith: Well, your star moved.
Tony Marvin: Oh, lady, if you could count on women the way they can count on that star, there'd be much more smooth sailing and far less wrecks.
Georgia Smith: Well! Personal experience or something out of a book?
Tony Marvin: What's the difference? It's true.
Georgia Smith: I see... out of a book.
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Soundtracks

Blue Hawaii
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Bing Crosby
Reprised by Bing Crosby, Shirley Ross, and chorus
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Great escapist entertainment
15 March 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The story and direction do slacken a tad towards the end and Anthony Quinn does look rather lost in an early role. But Waikiki Wedding is still a fun film that will cheer anybody up after a hard day. It is lovingly photographed and the costumes and sets do look beautiful even by today's standards. The incidental score is whimsical and catchy, and the songs are wonderful with Sweet Leilani, A Little Hula Heaven and especially Blue Hawaii being classics. The choreography is sharp and not too flashy but never simplistic, suiting the film just fine. Waikiki Wedding is smartly and wittily scripted and the story is not too complicated, moves swiftly and has a lot of charm and heart. Bing Crosby looks very relaxed here and gives a likewise charming performance. As ever, his distinctive voice sounds fabulous. The very attractive Shirley Ross has a voice like heaven and lights up the screen, sharing good chemistry with Crosby, she's virtually forgotten now and that's a shame. The performances of Bob Burns and Martha Raye won't be everyone's cup of tea but I found them a lot of fun with Raye particularly enjoying herself. Nice to see George Barbier too. All in all, very entertaining and charming particularly notable for the songs. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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