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Pacific Paradise (1937)

Approved | | Short, Music | 28 August 1937 (USA)
This MGM Miniature Musical features Cliff Edwards as the M.C. and Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians Hotel Orchestra providing the music.




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Cast overview:
... Himself
Royal Hawaiian Hula Girls ... Female Singers and Dancers
Harger & Maye ... Dancing Pair
... Themselves (as Harry Owens Royal Hawaiian Orchestra)


On the shore at Waikiki, Harry Owens leads his orchestra through five of his own compositions, as couples dance on the sand. Waiters pour drinks, the Royal Hawaiian Hula Girls perform, and Cliff Edwards does a bit of singing, as does a tenor and a quartet. We see surfers and men in small swift canoes. Owens introduces a new composition, "O-Ko-Le Ma-Lu-Na," people talk about the meaning of "aloha," there's some comic byplay between the orchestra's tunes, and Cliff plays the uke. His critics toss him in a cauldron. The short ends with a romantic ballad and a kiss upon the shore. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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28 August 1937 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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To You Sweetheart, Aloha
Written by Harry Owens
Performed by male vocalist, Harger & Maye (dance duo), and the Royal Hawaiian Hula Girls,
with Harry Owens Royal Hawaiian Orchestra
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A Face To The Name of Harry Owens
31 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

This pleasant musical short from MGM features Cliff Edwards guest starring with Harry Owens who reached the height of his celebrated song writing career this particular year.

Owens was the conductor/director of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Orchestra on Waikiki in Honolulu. The hotel is still there and still catering to the many visiting celebrities who go to Hawaii. Owens wrote many popular Hawaiian style ballads.

Bing Crosby in fact recorded many of them and had this been done at Paramount he would have done the short instead of Cliff 'Ukelele Ike' Edwards. For that year one of Owens's songs was put in Bing's film Waikiki Wedding and Sweet Leilani won the Academy Award that year for Best Song.

Of course the Oscar ceremony which would have been held next year so the Oscar to be for Sweet Leilani wasn't mentioned. But the song from another studio's film was, a rarity indeed back then.

Cliff Edwards did introduce the Hawaiian Drinking Song which never got the popularity of Sweet Leilani. Still it was nice to put a face to the name of Harry Owens.

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