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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

Approximately seven minutes before "The End," Maile (Joan Blackman) kicks Chad (Elvis Presley) out of her room on Kauai, then peeks through the blinds. Briefly in her view is a couple paddling a canoe. The woman, blond and seated in front, is pop singer Patti Page. How Patti paddled her way into being an extra came about because she was then married to Charles O'Curran, a choreographer and music stager for many films produced by Hal B. Wallis, including this one. See more »

Goofs

By the Hawaii vehicle sticker on the windshield of his car, it says the timeline is 1961. Several times in the movie it is stated that Chad (Elvis) had been in Europe for two full years. When Maile picks Chad up at the airport, he tells her that she took great care of his car, and her body, while he was gone. This would make the car a 1959 or earlier model. The car is actually a 1960 MGA and can still be seen at Graceland. The model year is too late for him to have had it when he departed in 1959, especially if he had it for any length of time before he left. See more »

Quotes

Ellie Corbett: Nobody cares about me, whether I live or die.
Chad Gates: Nobody seems to care because you don't seem to care about yourself. You have to care first, if you like yourself others will like you too.
Ellie Corbett: There's nothing to like.
Chad Gates: There's a lot to like if you wouldn't try to be something you're not. It don't work. I know. You're gonna find out now and save yourself a lot of grieve.
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Connections

Referenced in Unknown White Male (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Hawaiian Sunset
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Elvis Presley
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His best musical
3 July 2003 | by MichaelMovieLoftSee all my reviews

In 1959, Hawaii became recognized as a station in the Union. In 1961, Elvis went there to film the first in his trilogy to Hawaii, Blue Hawaii. I wrote the plot summary, so I won't go through what it is about. I will say that it is the only musical he is really good at because it was the original that was then followed by several imitations...all done by Elvis.

Elvis wanted to be a real actor in a film with bite, but this was as close as he would come. The script is light and fun, the acting is good and there are a few songs that aren't that embarassing to The King. Joan Blackman is great as his girl, Maile (I couldn't picture Juliet Prowse in the role since she looked too strong for the character). Angela Lansbury is hilarious in the role of his mother. She says it was a low point in her career, but in truth the chemistry she has with the rest of the cast is good. It is also full of breathtaking scenery. Even the interiors that were filmed in Hollywood don't look bargain budget.

Sadly, Elvis would make more of the same after this. Viva Las Vegas comes close to the greatness Blue Hawaii had, but Tom Parker didn't care as he just wanted to hear 'cha-ching'. Elvis just wasn't strong enough to say 'no' to Parker. Elvis was better than the movies he was in, and if he did the remake of 'A Star Is Born', that would've changed everything.

Everytime I watch this, I get happy but also sad at the same time. His performance is very good and it makes me wonder what might could have been if he didn't do all those formula films.


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