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Waikiki Wedding (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 23 March 1937 (USA)
A beauty contest winner of the "Miss Pineapple Princess" pageant takes part in a publicity scheme in Hawaii, and is pursued by an advertising executive for the agency doing the promotion.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

Frank Butler (screen play), Don Hartman (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Tony Marvin
Bob Burns ... Shad Buggle
Martha Raye ... Myrtle Finch
Shirley Ross ... Georgia Smith
George Barbier ... J.P. Todhunter
Leif Erickson ... Dr. Victor Quimby (as Leif Erikson)
Grady Sutton ... Everett Todhunter
Granville Bates ... Uncle Herman
Anthony Quinn ... Kimo
Mitchell Lewis ... Koalani
George Regas ... Muamua
Nick Lukats Nick Lukats ... Assistant Purser
Prince Leilani Prince Leilani ... Priest (as Prince Lei Lani)
Maurice Liu Maurice Liu ... Kaiaka
Raquel Echeverría Raquel Echeverría ... Mahina
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Storyline

Tony Marvin is a laid back but incredibly successful promoter and fair-haired boy for J. P. Todhunter's pineapple company located in beautiful Hawaii. He gets the company to sponsor a contest in which the winner gets a Hawaiian vacation and is obligated to write articles on the islands which, when published, will constitute a publicity coup for the company. Unfortunately, Georgia Smith, the winner, feels lonely and isolated in the Islands and wants to return to the States. With help from buddy Shad Buggle Tony tries to romantically divert Georgia without letting her know his true motivation. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

23 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waikiki See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In one of his earliest film appearances, Anthony Quinn plays the Hawaiian native Kimo. Though Quinn married the crowned princess of Paramount, Cecil B. DeMille's daughter Katherine, the same year this film was released, he would continue to toil in various ethnic bit parts for another fifteen years until his Academy Award-winning breakout performance in Viva Zapata (1952). See more »

Goofs

Inexplicably Martha Raye encounters a chimpanzee in the tree she climbs. Chimps are found in Africa, not the Pacific. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Victor Quimby: [Angry with Tony] I'll show him! H's a bad tooth. and somebody ought to pull him out!
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Soundtracks

Nani Ona Pua
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Bing Crosby and Hawaiian chorus
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Bing movie modeled after the Astaire and Roger hits
28 May 2005 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

Bing Crosby was one of the biggest stars in the world for much of his career and this movie released in 1937 was the third biggest hit of the year. Supporting him are the hilarious duo of Bob burns and Martha Raye, especially who seems to spark every scene she's in with a splash of wine and vinegar. The plot as it is as PR man Bing who works for the Pineapple company located in Hawaii who has a Pr mishap on his hands when the girl brought in as the Pineapple girl goes sour on the island and intends to let everyone know how lousy and unexciting the island is. This for sure will hurt tourism so Bing has to save the day. So what else does a nagging Yenta need but a man who will keep her from leaving the island. The plot is on. Songs are interspersed BTW the action including one which supposedly became a million seller. Anthony Quinn who was years removed from his movie star days plays an Indian with his typical zest and good craftsmanship. The female lead who never amounted to much stardom of her own is pretty and really can sing. I do like the way the movie ends. It is slightly unconventionally but slightly forced in performance. But it works. It could be a good movie for some enterprising producer to remake.


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