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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.


Edward Buzzell


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


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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)


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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HOWL! At the Hilarious Insanities of Burns and Allen! See more »


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Release Date:

3 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Liebe auf Hawaii See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Cecelia Grayson: Who taught ya how to kiss?
Brooks Mason: Ah... Mickey Rooney.
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References Marie Antoinette (1938) See more »


Old Black Joe
(1861) (uncredited)
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Enough To Go Around
3 April 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Burns&Allen's last film as a team was Honolulu where they supported Robert Young and Eleanor Powell. Gracie did two more guest star appearances in film while George would wait over 30 years to go back in The Sunshine Boys which netted him an Oscar. Oddly enough their characters do not have any scenes together until the very end of the movie, almost as if they were trying their separate wings.

Honolulu was the start of a winding down of a vogue for south seas movies that started over at Paramount with Dorothy Lamour and her sarong and with Bing Crosby's Waikiki Wedding celebrating a trip to Hawaii Bing took in real life. MGM wasn't going to let Paramount get all the tropical box office.

Robert Young plays a dual role as both a movie star and a visiting planter from Hawaii. Young trying to escape the constant demands of his adoring public offers to switch places with his lookalike. But he gets into all kinds of complications on the ship to Hawaii when he meets Eleanor Powell on board. He falls for her, but the planter, now miserably cooped up in his hotel room because he can't get out in public is engaged to Rita Johnson, daughter of another planter Clarence Kolb back on Oahu.

Let's just say that with two Robert Youngs there was enough to go around by the time Honolulu was over with a few bumps along the way.

No memorable songs came out of Honolulu, but Eleanor Powell had some great numbers including a hula tap dance. She seems to have invented her own dance genre because I've never seen anything like it before or since. The production values are also a little skimpy for an MGM musical.

But with Eleanor dancing and George and Gracie doing their thing Honolulu holds up very nicely for over 70 years.

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