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Once upon a Honeymoon
     

Once upon a Honeymoon

Director: Leo McCarey

Cast: Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Walter Slezak

 
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

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2009
UPC:
0883316140215
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
30,105

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 Actor
Frank Alten Spontaneity
Felix Basch Herr Kelman
Brandon Beach Civilian
Walter Bonn Actor
Gordon B. Clark Actor
Joseph Diskay Warsaw Desk Clerk
Arno Frey Actor
Hans Furberg Actor
Frederick Giermann Actor
Henry Guttman Storm Trooper
Ernst Hausman German
Manart Kippen Actor
Edgar Licho French Waiter
Bill Martin Actor
Jack Martin Actor
Leda Nicova Travelers in Warsaw
Bob O'Connor Polish Operator
John Peters Kleinoch's Driver
Albert Petit Actor
Lionel Royce German Officer
Hans Schumm Actor
George Sorel Actor
David Cross Guest of Baron
Bob Stevenson Actor
Jacques Vanaire French Radio Announcer
Henry Victor Actor
William Von Brincken German Colonel
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski German Officer
Major Nichols Actor
Alex Davidoff Actor
Oscar Loraine Ship Steward
Gohr VanVleck Actor
Rudolph Myzet Actor
Joseph Kamaryt Czech Official
Jimmie Dime Actor
Pedro de Cordoba Cumberland
Natasha Lytess Anna Beckstein
Hans Conried French Fitter
Alex Melesh Bar Waiter
Walter Byron Guard
Otto Reichow Guard
Peter Seal Polish Orderly
Russell Gaige Guest of Baron
Dina Smirnova Travelerwarsaw
George S. Irving American Consul
William Vaughan German Colonel
Dell Henderson American Attache
Carl Ekberg Adolf Hitler
Fred Niblo Ship Captain
Bert Roach Bartender
Emory Parnell Quisling
Boyd Davis Chamberlain

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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