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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 ... 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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Elvis Presley rides the crest of the wave in... 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)
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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

Angela Lansbury replaced Dolores Del Rio. See more »

Goofs

A photo background of Honolulu is used during the close-ups of the picnic scene; there are waves on the shore (in the background) which do not appear to move. Waves don't move like you see them on the beach but they are moving ever so slowly as the ocean is very far from the hill. See more »

Quotes

Chad Gates: Oh, I get along very well with teenagers. I used to be one myself.
Abigail Prentice: And not too long ago.
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Connections

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Pretty good but...
23 April 2004 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

While this is an O.K. film is most respects, sadly this turned out to be the route which Elvis's later film followed. Elvis is always likable in films like these, but when you've seen most of his later movies, you find out that they all follow a similar formula and it's hard to distinguish them from one another. Here, Elvis playes the same role as he did in practically every film after this one; a charming, womanising lad who happens to sing well. I should however note that I haven't seen all of his 33 films, but I've seen like 20 or so. Blue Hawaii is fondly remembered because of it's beautiful music and terrific scenery (Hawaii always looks enchanting). It's quite a lovely scene when Elvis sings "Can't help falling in love" to the old lady. Who wouldn't be charmed by that? 6 out of 10.


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