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Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)

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.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Sheridan Gibney (screen play), Sheridan Gibney (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Patrick 'Pat' 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 Ferike Boros ... Elsa
John Banner ... German Capt. Von Kleinoch
Harry Shannon ... Ed Cumberland
Natasha Lytess ... Anna
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Storyline

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>

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The Climax of a Year of Great Pictures! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

27 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leo McCarey's Once Upon a Honeymoon See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$861,100, 20 January 1943
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO's advertising top-billed Cary Grant east of the Missisippi, but Ginger Rogers rated first west of the Mississippi. See more »

Goofs

While the Baron is interrogating Ms. O'Hara at the hotel in Paris (after the photographer is killed and she's arrested), the cross suspended from the Baron's neck disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Patrick 'Pat' O'Toole: I don't mind doing the broadcasting, but I'll never forgive you for making a spy out of O'Hara. Boy! I've heard everything. Mata O'Hara. Mata O'Hara. She couldn't spy her way through a knothole.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: VIENNA 1938 See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Street (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Wait Too Long
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
[Slow tempo in the score during the bar scene where Katie and Pat are drunk]
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A wartime misfire
31 December 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an odd movie for several reasons. First, it stars Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers--a combination that just didn't seem to work very well. Second, despite Hollywood formula, Ginger marries another man towards the beginning of the film and later runs off with Grant when she finally realizes he's a no-good Nazi shnook! The problem, though, is that the film just seemed pretty limp and Ginger's overwrought acting didn't seem to help. It was a movie clearly intended to boost the war effort, but just didn't seem to gel into a coherent or even semi-believable film. All-in-all, one of the few misfires of Cary Grant's career and a film well worth skipping and only for his devoted fans.

By the way, for a good laugh, look at the shots of the ship crossing the sea. It's VERY clearly a model--which is odd, considering that it was a big-budget RKO film. I laughed especially hard when, at the end, the boat turns in a radius NARROWER than my car!! Talk about crappy special effects!!


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