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Cocoanut Grove (1938)

Band tries to get an audition for a job at a prestigious nightclub.

Director:

Alfred Santell

Writers:

Sy Bartlett (screenplay), Sy Bartlett (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Johnny Prentice
Harriet Nelson ... Linda Rogers (as Harriet Hilliard)
Ben Blue ... Joe De Lemma
Eve Arden ... Sophie De Lemma
Rufe Davis ... Bibb Tucker
Billy Lee ... Half Pint
George Walcott ... Tony Wonder
Virginia Vale ... Hazel De Vore (as Dorothy Howe)
Red Stanley Red Stanley ... Dixie
Harry Owens ... Hula Harry - Band Leader
Randy Oness Randy Oness ... Band Singer
Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians ... Royal Hawaiian Orchestra
The Yacht Club Boys The Yacht Club Boys ... Singing Quartette
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Storyline

Band tries to get an audition for a job at a prestigious nightclub.

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High Riding Romance ! - At The Rendezvous of the Stars !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood é Nossa See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Voice actor 'Janet Waldo''s first film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lady of Burlesque (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Leilani
Words and Music by Harry Owens
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Lightweight but fun.
28 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Cocoanut Grove" is an enjoyable rags to possible riches story. In the mix are a variety of songs which I surprisingly enjoyed and some light comedy.

The story begins with a bandleader and his band out of work. Johnny (Fred MacMurray) has the bright idea of heading to California with the band, as there is a possible opening coming up for a band like his. But they have no money, so they go on the cheap...a roadtrip through America. Once they arrive, however, they find things aren't quite as easy as they'd hoped.

This film is very lightweight--with a slight story and lots of singing. Normally this would spell death for the movie from me except something odd happened in this film...I found I actually LIKED all the singing and music. There were quite a few snappy tunes and I found myself humming along a few times. Well worth seeing.

By the way, Harriet Nelson (Ozzie's wife) is in the film but Ozzie isn't....which seems unusual as they were married and later became America's favorite family with "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet". Interestingly, Johnny mentions Ozzie Nelson in the film, as Ozzie was a famous and successful bandleader himself at the time.


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