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Honolulu (1939)

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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Hundreds of lovely hula girls . . . scores of lilting songs . . . spectacle to make you marvel! 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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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

Cecelia Grayson: Who taught ya how to kiss?
Brooks Mason: Ah... Mickey Rooney.
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Connections

References Sweethearts (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Leader Doesn't Like Music
(1939)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by The King's Men
Performed also by Gracie Allen (uncredited)
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An enigma if there ever was one.
24 November 2003 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

(Spoilers, sort of) Why do I use the word enigma? Because MGM never seemed to know exactly what to do with the great Eleanor Powell. Not unlike the swimming Esther Williams, Powell's films were a kind of specialized musical entertainment where the most uncanny situations had to be dreamed up to show off her tap-dancing skills. And while she was a premier tap dancer- and a better dancer than an actress, she usually danced alone- unlike her male counterparts (Astaire, Kelly, et al) who were usually given dancing partners who doubled as their love interests. In this film, Powell's co-star is the non-dancing Robert Young, who's given a rather foolish subplot in a dual role as a movie star and his double who create havoc when they switch identities. And that's all there is to it. George Burns and Gracie Allen, billed as the second leads, play more apart than they do together. Powell's dance numbers, of course, are sensational: A stair-step routine paying homage to Bill Robinson (while the blackface makeup is startling, the dancing itself is terrific); a shipboard dance with a skipping rope as a prop; and the piece-de-resistance: an all-out grass skirt hula done in two parts: first as a barefoot native dance, then as an ultra-smooth tap sequence done with silver tap shoes. Powell may have been the only woman dancer to dance with her whole body: lots of arm movements, knee bends, splits, high kicks, and puree-speed turns. It's a fun film to watch just for this incredible number.


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