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Song of the Islands (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 13 March 1942 (USA)
With his sidekick Rusty, Jeff Harper sails to paradisiacal tropical isle Ahmi-Oni to bargain on behalf of his cattle baron father for land owned by transplanted Irishman Dennis O'Brien. But... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Joseph Schrank (original screenplay), Robert Pirosh (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Eileen O'Brien
Victor Mature ... Jefferson Harper
Jack Oakie ... Rusty Smith
Thomas Mitchell ... Dennis O'Brien
George Barbier ... Harper
Billy Gilbert ... Palola's Father
Hilo Hattie Hilo Hattie ... Palola
Harry Owens ... Harry Owens
Lillian Porter Lillian Porter ... Palola's Cousin
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... John Rodney
Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians ... (as Harry Owens' Royal Hawaiians)
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Storyline

With his sidekick Rusty, Jeff Harper sails to paradisiacal tropical isle Ahmi-Oni to bargain on behalf of his cattle baron father for land owned by transplanted Irishman Dennis O'Brien. But Jeff falls in love with O'Brien's daughter, Eileen, and even his father can't break them up after he arrives and himself falls under the spell of island splendor. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção do Havaí See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cut from the release print was a ballad called "Blue Shadows and White Gardenias" (music and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Harry Owens), sung by Betty Grable and Victor Mature (dubbed by Ben Gage). The melody remains in the background score. Bing Crosby, for Decca Records, waxed a version issued originally on a 78. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Harper Jr.: If you see me in the moonlight, you better yell aloha and start running.
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Soundtracks

Sing Me a Song of the Islands
(1942)
Music by Harry Owens
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Betty Grable (uncredited) approaching the island, the cast at the end
Played as background music often
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Light fluffy war time comedy
21 June 2005 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

I kinda liked this movie. The plot is not much to write off and is questionable if it will have any appeal to adults because it involves full grown men and women acting like ten year olds. Set on the Hawaii Islands it has something to do with some millionaire rancher's son who falls for a enjoy-life goodnik loafer on the Islands. Romance, fighting, with some will they or will they not get together? That is a typical Betty Grable picture. Gable who couldn't really act but was always charming with a nice smile and is always fun to watch because the woman approached all her roles with gusto. It didn't matter the role; she played as if it were Scarlett O'Hara. Poor Victor Mature suffered in being cast in light tripe like this where he practiced how to take pratfalls and sound dopey and goofy before better things and dramatic roles elevated out of this parts. The popular radio star Jack Oakie provides much needed support and has many scenes where his sub plot line dominates the movies. This I have to mention because this is sorely missing in Hollywood movies, today. Let's take a recent hit like "Hitch", Kevin James gets no scene without Will Smith on the phone and in the background and it's a credit to him that he still finds a way to steal the movie. Gable too was not a very good dancer but again you forgive because she lights into it with so much pep and determination and that can be said for the whole movie. It is poorly written, obvious with no surprises but everybody plays it to the utmost fullest that makes you enjoy the whole silly farce for what it's what.


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