Once upon a Honeymoon

Overview

The surrealistic opening sequence, featuring a WW2 calendar as written "by A. Hitler," should be indication enough that Once Upon a Honeymoon is no ordinary lighthearted romantic trifle. Ginger Rogers plays Katie, an American chorus girl who seeks to better herself by marrying titled European Baron von Luber Walter Slezak, despite the warnings of reporter Pat Cary Grant. Katie thinks Pat is just jealous, but both he and the audience are aware that Von Luber is secretly a high-ranking Nazi, whose "unofficial" ...
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Overview

The surrealistic opening sequence, featuring a WW2 calendar as written "by A. Hitler," should be indication enough that Once Upon a Honeymoon is no ordinary lighthearted romantic trifle. Ginger Rogers plays Katie, an American chorus girl who seeks to better herself by marrying titled European Baron von Luber Walter Slezak, despite the warnings of reporter Pat Cary Grant. Katie thinks Pat is just jealous, but both he and the audience are aware that Von Luber is secretly a high-ranking Nazi, whose "unofficial" visits to Czechoslovakia, Poland and France precipitate the German invasions of those countries. When Katie wises up, she agrees to help counterespionage agent LeBlanc Albert Dekker in his efforts to stop Von Luber before he can reach New York-and along the way, she falls in love with the ubiquitous Pat. The bizarre ending, in which one of the main characters is casually murdered, is played for laughs, as if WW2 is merely fodder for a screwball comedy. In the film's most unsettling scene, Katie and Pat, mistaken for Jews, are briefly interred in a Polish concentration camp; their outrage over this treatment seems to be founded not on Germany's crimes against humanity, but over the fact that the Gestapo would have the audacity to incarcerate two non-Jewish Americans! A curious and often tasteless misfire from producer-director Leo McCarey, One Upon a Honeymoon is an undeniably fascinating historical artifact.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Once Upon a Honeymoon is definitely an interesting picture, and one that may provoke quite varying responses among viewers. No one is likely to really go to bat for it and call it a really good film, but some viewers will find individual moments rewarding enough to stick up for it as quite good in parts and better than average overall. Indeed, there are plenty of moments when Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers display a lovely chemistry that do work quite well, or when Walter Slezak's performance inspires admiration. And the supporting cast turns in very fine work. But those who don't hold Honeymoon in particularly high regard can point to the erratic tone in its direction; the manner in which the screenplay tries to mix screwball comedy, romance, and spy thriller elements, and totally botches the job; and some truly tasteless sequences, including the "mistaken Jewish identity" sequence that sees the stars put in a concentration camp. Basically, it comes down to a "you pays your money, you takes your choice" kind of situation. But even so, Honeymoon is worth watching, if only to see how much director Leo McCarey and his collaborators wanted to try to accomplish, and how far they fell of their goal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316140215
  • Original Release: 1942
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,506

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Katie O'Hara
Cary Grant Pat O'Toole
Walter Slezak Baron Von Luber
Albert Dekker Gaston Leblanc
Albert Basserman Marshal Borelski
Ferike Boros Elsa
Harry Shannon Ed Cumberland
John Banner Kleinoch
Fred Aldrich
Frank Alten Spontaneity
Felix Basch Herr Kelman
Brandon Beach Civilian
Walter Bonn
William Von Brincken German Colonel
Walter Byron Guard
Gordon B. Clark
Hans Conried French Fitter
David Cross Guest of Baron
Alex Davidoff
Boyd Davis Chamberlain
Pedro de Cordoba Cumberland
Jimmie Dime
Joseph Diskay Warsaw Desk Clerk
Carl Ekberg Adolf Hitler
Arno Frey
Hans Furberg
Russell Gaige Guest of Baron
Frederick Giermann
Henry Guttman Storm Trooper
Ernst Hausman German
Dell Henderson American Attache
George Irving American Consul
Joseph Kamaryt Czech Official
Manart Kippen
Edgar Licho French Waiter
Oscar Loraine Ship Steward
Natasha Lytess Anna Beckstein
Bill Martin
Jack Martin
Jack Martin
Alex Melesh Bar Waiter
Rudolph Myzet
Fred Niblo Ship Captain
Major Nichols
Leda Nicova Travelers in Warsaw
Bob O'Connor Polish Operator
Emory Parnell Quisling
John Peters Kleinoch's Driver
Albert Petit
Otto Reichow Guard
Bert Roach Bartender
Lionel Royce German Officer
Hans Schumm
Peter Seal Polish Orderly
Dina Smirnova Travelerwarsaw
George Sorel
Bob Stevenson
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski German Officer
Jacques Vanaire French Radio Announcer
Gohr VanVleck
William Vaughan German Colonel
Henry Victor
Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director, Producer
James H. Anderson Asst. Director
George Barnes Cinematographer
Mel Burns Makeup
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer
Stephen Dunn Sound/Sound Designer
Sheridan Gibney Screenwriter
Alfred Herman Art Director, Production Designer
Harry Scott Asst. Director
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
James G. Stewart Sound/Sound Designer
Richard VanHessen Sound/Sound Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Theron Warth Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    Cary and Ginger team up for a uproarious comedy slightly bent on world domination.

    Grant and Rodgers are hilarious in this film. If you like motion pictures from the 30's or 40's era, this will not disappoint. As a huge fan of this film I was annoyed at the other review. WW2 is the backdrop of the story, but come on--who even acknowledged concentration camps at the time the picture was made? Excellent, funny film, ahead of its time. You won't even miss Ginger's dancing.

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