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Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 27 November 1942 (USA)
In Europe at the start of World War II, a woman notices that wherever her husband goes, the Nazis seem to follow. Meanwhile, a charming reporter is following them.


Leo McCarey


Sheridan Gibney (screen play), Sheridan Gibney (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Patrick O'Toole
Ginger Rogers ... Kathie O'Hara / Katherine Butt-Smith / Baroness Katherine Von Luber
Walter Slezak ... Baron Franz Von Luber
Albert Dekker ... Gaston Le Blanc
Albert Bassermann ... Gen. Borelski
Ferike Boros ... Elsa
John Banner ... German Capt. Von Kleinoch
Harry Shannon ... Ed Cumberland
Natasha Lytess ... Anna


At the start of WWII, Katie O'Hara, an American burlesque girl intent on social climbing, marries Austrian Baron Von Luber. Pat O'Toole, an American radio reporter, sees this as a chance to investigate Von Luber, who is suspected of having Nazi ties. As country after country falls to the Nazis, O'Tool follows O'Hara across Europe. At first he is after a story, but he gradually falls in love with her. When she learns that her husband is indeed a Nazi, O'Hara fakes her death and runs off with O'Toole. In Paris, she is recruited to spy for the allies; he uses a radio broadcast to make Von Luber and the Nazis look like fools. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Gee it's great to be together at last on another fellows honeymoon! See more »


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Did You Know?


Sections of the conversation between Kathie (Ginger Rogers) and Gaston (Albert Dekker) about life in America, were deemed politically incorrect and removed from the 35mm master; in the DVD they have been restored using obviously inferior 16mm material, which makes it that much easier to identify what today's naysayers chose to remove and were granted the authority to do so. See more »


The story takes place in 1938 but all of Ginger Rogers clothes and hairstyles are strictly, very 1942. See more »


Patrick 'Pat' O'Toole: [after seeing the Feuhrer from his hotel balcony, he goes to the bedroom door] Hey! Hitler is here!
Katie O'Hara Von Luber, aka Katherine Butt-Smith: [Unimpressed from behind the door] Well I can't see him now. I'm dressing.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: VIENNA 1938 See more »


References Swing Time (1936) See more »


Don't Wait Too Long
Written by Irving Berlin
[Slow tempo in the score during the bar scene where Katie and Pat are drunk]
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Better than one might be led to believe
16 October 2006 | by allecto13See all my reviews

Although there is a silly side to this movie, I really don't think that its only value is as a curiosity. In reality, it was a singular vehicle for Ginger Rogers to flex her acting muscles, instead of merely being a sidekick in a dance routine. She is something to behold in this movie. And, I maintain that if you are a Cary Grant fan, it's nothing to sit through this slightly confectionery film. It is practically astonishing that the Jewish issue was addressed in a movie made in 1942. Finally, it's worth pointing out that any average film from this period is Shakespearean compared to the dreck on offer most of the time these days.

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Release Date:

27 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leo McCarey's Once Upon a Honeymoon See more »


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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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