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Honolulu (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 February 1939 (USA)
Wanting a break from his overzealous fans, a famous movie star hires a Hawaiian plantation owner to switch places with him for a few weeks.

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writers:

Herbert Fields (original story and screen play), Frank Partos (original story and screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Powell ... Dorothy March
Robert Young ... Brooks Mason / George Smith
George Burns ... Joe Duffy
Gracie Allen ... Millie De Grasse
Rita Johnson ... Cecelia Grayson
Clarence Kolb ... Mr. Horace Grayson
Jo Ann Sayers ... Nurse
Ann Morriss ... Gale Brewster
Willie Fung ... Wong
Cliff Clark ... 1st Detective
Edward Gargan ... 2nd Detective
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Washington (as Eddie Anderson)
Sig Ruman ... Psychiatrist (as Sig Rumann)
Ruth Hussey ... Eve
Kealohu Holt Kealohu Holt ... Native Dancing Girl (as Kealoha Holt)
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Storyline

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 Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

Sing! Dance! Laugh! Romance! IT'S JOYOUS! (One-sheet poster). See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Liebe auf Hawaii See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film appearance of George Burns and Gracie Allen together. See more »

Quotes

[Millie has just spotted movie star Brooks Mason on the deck of a cruise ship]
Millie De Grasse: My dream man! I'm gonna meet him in person. And I warn you, if he makes one false move, I'm his!
Dorothy March: I suppose you think it'll do you a lot of good to throw yourself at him.
Millie De Grasse: Throw myself at him? If I thought it would do any good, I'd have myself shot at him out of a cannon!
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Aloha 'Oe
(uncreditied)
Written by Queen Liliuokalani 1878
Performed by Andy Iona and Islanders
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Lulu of a dance
27 July 2008 | by n_r_kochSee all my reviews

This B musical (still available only on VHS) has four things in it worth looking at today: the big "Leader Doesn't Like Music" vaudeville number with singing Marx Brothers impersonators and Gracie Allen got up as Mae West; and Powell's three dance numbers. The first shows off Powell's ability to tap while skipping rope. The second, a blackface tribute to Bill Robinson, would be cornball if Powell weren't so good. The third, a long hula in two acts, isn't Powell's best number but it seems better suited to her big athletic style than her dressy nightclub-style numbers. For once she is not dressed like the mailman, and it's possible to see the unbelievable condition she was in at that time as well as the speed and power of her movements. Fred Astaire surely saw this film while the preparations were underway to make "Broadway Melody of 1940", which teamed him with Powell (or rather, the other way around). No wonder he was scared.


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