Honolulu

Honolulu

Director: Edward N. Buzzell Cast: Eleanor Powell, Robert Young, George Burns

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Overview

Honolulu

George Burns and Gracie Allen made their last screen appearance together in the 1939 MGM musical Honolulu; indeed, it would be Burns' last film until his 1976 "comeback" in The Sunshine Boys. The nonsensical plotline is carried by Robert Young as famous movie star Brooks Mason, who wants to go to Honolulu for a long rest but can't shake off his throngs of adoring female fans. As luck would have, Mason has an exact double, a Hawaiian plantation owner named George Smith. Mason convinces Smith to switch identities, with the expected comedy-of-error complications as a result. Things get really complicated when Smith, posing as Mason, proposes marriage to lovely Dorothy March (Eleanor Powell), who then can't understand why the real Mason seems to be so fickle. Clearly in support, Burns and Allen are cast respectively as Mason's personal manager Joe Duffy and Dorothy's scatterbrained friend Millie de Grasse. The film contrives to separate George and Gracie for most of the footage, bringing them together in the last reel for a characteristic comedy routine about Gracie's dizzy relatives. Also on hand in a minor role is another comedy giant, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Highlights include a masquerade-party production number in which Gracie Allen is serenaded by the King's Men Quartet (disguised as the Marx Brothers), and Eleanor Powell's blackface stair-tap tribute to Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (Powell also performs a tap-dance hula, which scores on its novelty value alone!)

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2011
UPC: 0883316395721
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 25,840

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eleanor Powell Dorothy March
Robert Young George Smith,Brooks Mason
George Burns Joe Duffy
Gracie Allen Millie de Grasse
Rita Johnson Cecelia Grayson
Clarence Kolb Mr. Horace Grayson
Jo Ann Sayers Nurse
Ann Morriss Gale Brewster
Willie Fung Wong
Cliff Clark First Detective
Edward Gargan Second Detective
Sig Rumann Psychiatrist
Ruth Hussey Eve
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Washington
Edgar Dearing Jailer
Kealoha Holt Native Dancing Girl

Technical Credits
Edward N. Buzzell Director
Bobby Connolly Choreography
Jack Cummings Producer
Herbert Fields Screenwriter
Ray June Cinematographer
Sammy Lee Choreography
Conrad A. Nervig Editor
Frank Partos Screenwriter
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Warren Songwriter
Franz Waxman Score Composer

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