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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

Bing Crosby sang "Sweet Leilani" by Harry Owens, which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Song. It beat out George and Ira Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away from Me", which is from the 1937 film "Shall we Dance", and which, unlike the semi-forgotten "Sweet Leilani", became a classic. (Even the song "Blue Hawaii", also written for "Waikiki Wedding", is today more famous than "Sweet Leilani", thanks to Elvis Presley.) Bing Crosby sang four different Oscar winning songs in his films. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dr. Victor Quimby: [Angry with Tony] I'll show him! H's a bad tooth. and somebody ought to pull him out!
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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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Sweet Leilani
24 July 2004 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

The more I see Bing Crosby's undervalued Paramount musicals, the more he is becoming one of my favorite musical stars of all time. Except for the tedious 1933 musical "Going Hollywood", I was impressed by all of Bing's works and his sweet, aching crooning.

"Waikiki Wedding", sumptuously set in Hawaii, is one of Bing's best efforts, featuring such remarkable and beguiling tunes as "Blue Hawaii", "Sweet Leilani", "Sweet Is the Word for You", and "Nani Ona Pua".

Although I enjoyed "Blue Hawaii" as the best sounding song in the movie, the Oscar-winning "Sweet Leilani" is really my favorite after repeated viewings.

Bing plays a publicity agent Tony Marvin working for a pineapple company taking part in a native wedding feast and becomes involved in a scheme to escort a beauty contest winner, played by Shirley Ross. Ms. Ross has a nice, appealing presence and does a very good job playing Bing's love interest and the "Miss Pineapple Queen" winner on her trip to Hawaii.

I also enjoyed George Barbier, Martha Raye, Bob Burns, and an interesting early appearance by Anthony Quinn as one of the Hawaiian natives.

Frank Tuttle's direction gets a little slack in the second half, but the music and Bing's timeless singing are all you need to enjoy "Waikiki Wedding".


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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 »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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