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Panama Hattie (1942)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | September 1942 (USA)
Hattie Maloney runs a saloon in Panama where assorted characters congregate where they frequently sing and dance Cole Porter numbers. An upper class gentleman arrives and sparks fly between... See full summary »

Directors:

Norman Z. McLeod, Roy Del Ruth (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Jack McGowan (screenplay), Wilkie C. Mahoney (screenplay) (as Wilkie Mahoney) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Red
Ann Sothern ... Hattie Maloney
Rags Ragland ... Rags (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Ben Blue ... Rowdy
Marsha Hunt ... Leila Tree
Virginia O'Brien ... Flo Foster
Alan Mowbray ... Jay Jerkins, Dick's Butler
Dan Dailey ... Dick Bulliard (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Jackie Horner ... Geraldine 'Gerry' Bulliard
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Storyline

Hattie Maloney runs a saloon in Panama where assorted characters congregate where they frequently sing and dance Cole Porter numbers. An upper class gentleman arrives and sparks fly between him and Hattie. They try and overcome complications betweens songs.

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Swing as Ann Sings - Laugh as Red Clowns - Thrill to the Navy Stirring Battle-cry See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Loirinha do Panamá See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,097,907 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Adapted from the Broadway musical "Panama Hattie", which opened at the 46th Street Theater in New York October 30, 1940 and ran for 501 performances. Ethel Merman played Hattie, Betty Hutton was Flo, Rags Ragland originated his movie role, Arthur Treacher played the butler, James Dunn was Bullet, and future film stars June Allyson, Lucille Bremer, Betsy Blair, Doris Dowling and Vera-Ellen were dancers. Allyson was also Hutton's understudy. See more »

Quotes

Red: Yeah, I'm a wolf in "ships" clothing!
Flo Foster: Can't understand why they reject guys with flat feet and take em with flat heads!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits, the lead actors break through a giant screen that states: "Warning! Any resemblance between the three sailors in this story and human beings is purely accidental." See more »

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Referenced in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Be Buddies
(1940)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Ann Sothern (uncredited) with Jackie Horner (uncredited) and Virginia O'Brien (uncredited) with Alan Mowbray (uncredited)
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More Talent Than Material
5 June 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Okay, taken as a whole, the movie is pretty much a mess, particularly the storyline, which even by generous standards of the Hollywood musical is pretty much impossible. But then, the screenplay involves eight writers, eight, so no wonder the elements don't gel. Then too, I gather from TCM that portions were either added or re-shot after disastrous previews. That too is not surprising given the large number of featured players, with some like Dailey and Esmond left to drift around the edges. Add the undistinguished musical numbers, except of course for Horne's eye-catching and tuneful Just One of Those Things, and the 80- minutes amounts to a disappointment.

However, there are compensations. The first half is lively, featuring two amusing encounters —an irrepressible little Gerry versus an over-dressed Hattie; and a fiercely snooty Jenkins versus everyone else. These are energetic and colorful little comedy segments—too bad the rest doesn't reach this level, especially the under-inspired and over-long mansion knock- about sequence. Nonetheless, Ragland and Skelton are a natural team and would go on to bigger and better routines.

There's also a subtext typical of the times. Note how much of the comedic effort involves puncturing the pretensions of the stuffy Leila and Jenkins. It's really an effort to make "regular guys" out of the elite. After all, winning the war requires submerging social distinctions into the one-for-all and all-for-one democratic spirit, as symbolized in the everyone-on-stage finale. Anyway, the movie looks to me like a good example of a cast being a lot better than the material. .


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