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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:

Ride the Crest of the Wave Onto the Most Beautiful Place on Earth! Join ELVIS PRESLEY in a Paradisde 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the passengers coming off the plane at the beginning of the movie inquires "Where did he go to basic training?" referring to Elvis. The Hawaiian greeter says "Hawaii". In 1958, Elvis actually went to Basic Training and AIT (Advanced Infantry Training) in Fort Hood, Texas just outside of Killeen, Texas before being shipped overseas to Germany. See more »

Goofs

In the "Almost Always True" number in the car, there is a bad cut when Maile's hands change position on the steering wheel and Chad's left arm goes from propped on his seatback to stretched out behind Maile. See more »

Quotes

Abigail Prentice: Moonlight in Hawaii can be rather intoxicating.
Chad Gates: I know, that's why I never touch the stuff.
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Connections

Referenced in Crazy (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Slicin' Sand
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
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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