After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates (Elvis Presley) 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.

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Norman Taurog

Writers:

Allan Weiss (story), Hal Kanter
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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 ... Patsy Simon
Lani Kai Lani Kai ... Carl Tanami
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Storyline

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

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14 Terrific Songs on RCA's Blues-Chasing "Blue Hawaii" Album! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Trivia

Jose De Vega (Ernie Gordon) appeared in West Side Story (1961) the same year as this movie. Elvis Presley was first offered the role of Tony in West Side Story (1961), but his manager Colonel Tom Parker refused to let him take the role, citing it wasn't right for him. 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

Chad Gates: Back to your room!
Ellie Corbett: I couldn't sleep there.
Chad Gates: Well you sure can't sleep here. Perhaps you should take a bath - on second thoughts make that a cold shower!
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Connections

Referenced in Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Swim
Written by Sylvia Dee & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley
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the start of the end for serious Elvis movies
29 December 2004 | by serpico_usaSee all my reviews

While this is one of Elvis' greatest and fun movies it is a great shame that it was so successful, as it ruined the promise of a wonderful movie career for the King. The scenery and songs are unmatched and it is a fairly decent script, even after some sour comments from Angela Lansbury. Ms. Lansbury has constantly degraded this movie but she made a wonderful appearance as Elvis's mother, and I am sure gave her new fans. This movie was also responsible along with Hawaii Five-O as giving tourism to the Islands a big boost, but have the Hawaiian Tourist Bureau ever mentioned this. 40 years on it is still a treat to watch,and still surpasses some of today's so called "hot movies".Due to the popularity of Blue Hawaii El's management told him this was the way to go.Such a shame.


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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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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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