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Blue Hawaii (1961)

After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Allan Weiss (story), Hal Kanter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Chad Gates
Joan Blackman ... Maile Duval
Angela Lansbury ... Sarah Lee Gates
Nancy Walters ... Abigail Prentice
Roland Winters ... Fred Gates
John Archer ... Jack Kelman
Howard McNear ... Mr. Chapman
Steve Brodie ... Tucker Garvey
Christian Kay Christian Kay ... Beverly Martin
Iris Adrian ... Enid Garvey
Hilo Hattie Hilo Hattie ... Waihila
Jenny Maxwell ... Ellie Corbett
Pamela Austin ... Selena (Sandy) Emerson (as Pamela Kirk)
Darlene Tompkins Darlene Tompkins ... Patsy Simon
Lani Kai Lani Kai ... Carl Tanami
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Storyline

Chad Gates has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His father wants him to go to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, but Chad is reluctant. So Chad goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Ecstatic romance...exotic dances...exciting music in the world's lushest paradise of song! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild sensuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hawaiian | French

Release Date:

9 February 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hawaii Beach Boy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,440,453

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,440,453
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The red MG roadster which opens the film was often seen in the first half. Presley liked the 1960 MGA 1600 MkI so much that he bought it. It now resides in Graceland at his car museum with his motorcycles, Cadillacs, Stutzs and other vehicles. See more »

Goofs

In the pineapple field scene, only Ellie remains in the car (clearly seated in the back seat on the driver's side) while the others get out to get some pineapple at the nearby stand. Just a few moments later, Chad returns to the car to bring some pineapple to Ellie, who is now seated on the passenger side of the car, a break in continuity to facilitate the camera angle and dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Ito O'Hara: Even though there's no surf, he's right back in the swim.
Maile Duval: Well he's about to be beached!
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Connections

Referenced in Elvis Gratton: Le king des kings (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Ku-u-i-Po
Written by George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti & Luigi Creatore
Performed by Elvis Presley
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The beginning of the end....
2 July 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

.... as far as Elvis's adventures in the movies are concerned.All that he did before is worth a watch :"love me tender" "flaming star" "jailhouse rock" "king creole" are exciting movies even if you are not a big Elvis fan."Wild in the country" was inferior but it had at least a decent screenplay.

The slump begins with "Blue Hawai" .The talented directors (Richard Thorpe,Don Siegel...) were replaced by Norman Taurog who would become Elvis's regular one.

OK,Hawai's pictures are nice,there is Angela Landsbury.

The songs are weaker than in the previous flicks:the only memorable tune is "can't help falling in love" based on an old French folk song "Plaisir D'Amour" (=joys of love).

You'd better take one of the movies I mention above,particularly Don Siegel's "Flaming Star".


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