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Movie star Brooks Mason tries to avoid his fans and spend some weeks on vacation. When Hawaiian plantation owner George Smith is mistaken by Mason's fans for Mason and brought to Mason's house. They decide to exchange their identities for a few weeks. But George Smith is mobbed by Mason's fans again on a personal appearance tour in New York City, Mason falls in love with dancer Dorothy March, who also is on her way to Hawaii. Problems for Mason arise, due to the fact that Smith is engaged to Cecilia Grayson and her wealthy father believes that Smith has double-crossed him. Mason isn't able to establish a connection with Smith in New York City due to his agent's orders.Written by
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This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Friday, June 14, 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Chicago July 9, 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Miami July 19, 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Seattle August 29, 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Cincinnati October 3, 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport, Kentucky), in Honolulu October 4, 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Philadelphia November 2, 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Cleveland November 9, 1957 on KYW (Channel 3), and in San Francisco January 21, 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). In New York City it first aired September 20, 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
Robert Young plays a movie star who meets his lookalike, a rich Hawaiian plantation owner. So the two decide to swap places for awhile Parent Trap-style. The rich guy finds out to his chagrin what life is like for a big celebrity. The movie star meanwhile meets and falls in love with a pretty dancer (Eleanor Powell). All of the expected chaos ensues. It seems to me this plot would have been more interesting had both guys not been rich, successful types. The non-celebrity guy should have been a regular Joe, not some rich plantation owner. As it is, this part of the film is not that fun.
Robert Young does fine but Eleanor Powell, with her million-dollar smile and awesome dance routines, is the best part of the film. Her jump rope number will make an instant fan out of anybody. The sexy hula dance is justifiably a classic. Those hips! Those legs! George Burns and Gracie Allen are the comic relief but, as was often the case, Gracie is an acquired taste. She's funny but is a little bit much at times.
Cameo at the start of the film from Ruth Hussey. One of Gracie's musical numbers bizarrely features Marx Bros. imitators and ends with Powell in blackface! If you're a big fan of Young's, I'm sure you will appreciate his performance. Everybody else should check it out for Eleanor Powell's dancing.
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