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Hawaiian Nights (1954)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Music | 22 January 1954 (USA)
This Universal "Musical Featurette" (production number 9303) features a slight story line woven around the (as usual) vastly-unfunny comedian Pinky Lee and Universal glamour girls Mamie Van... See full summary »


Will Cowan


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Cast overview:
Pinky Lee Pinky Lee ... Pinky - the Valet
Mamie Van Doren ... Glamour Girl
Lisa Gaye ... Glamour Girl
Alfred Apaka Alfred Apaka ... Singer
Ben Chapman ... The Boss
Tani Marsh Tani Marsh ... Tani Marsh
Steve Steventon Steve Steventon ... Steve
Danny Stewart Danny Stewart ... Orchestra Leader
Tani Marsh Dancers Tani Marsh Dancers ... Dancers
The Miss Universe Beauty Pageant Contestants The Miss Universe Beauty Pageant Contestants ... Contest Girls


This Universal "Musical Featurette" (production number 9303) features a slight story line woven around the (as usual) vastly-unfunny comedian Pinky Lee and Universal glamour girls Mamie Van Doren and Lisa Gaye. Also included are the 1953 Miss Universe contestants, the Danny Stewart Orchestra and the Tani Marsh Dancers, and musical numbers such as "Minoi Minoi Ay", "Lovely Hula Girl", "Hawaiian Spear Chant", "Kumu in the Muumuu", "Ama Ama", Nohea" and "Hoku Okalania." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

22 January 1954 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Maui, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Hoku Okalani
Arranged by Danny Stewart
Played by Danny Stewart and His Orchestra
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A better-than-average short
12 September 2006 | by boblindsSee all my reviews

A previous poster obviously has little experience with the film shorts of the 1930s-50s. Few of them were world-beaters in the quality department, but they were often entertaining and, today, represent a nice time capsule of the variety acts that were playing the circuit in their times.

"Hawaiian Nights" features, what else?, a Hawaiian music and dance troupe, augmented by the often silly, occasionally amusing, and at one time immensely popular clowning of Pinky Lee.

For a musical short, the production values of this are remarkably good, including the excellent 3D BW photography (vividly presented in a new print debuted at the 3D festival).

Plus, Mamie van Doren looks spectacular before she perfected her slightly sleazy "bad girl" image of the late '50s, and the featured Miss Universe contestants from the mid-20th century are still looking pretty darned good by 21st Century standards.

The World 3D Expo II has shown two shorts produced by Will Cowan. Both of them have solid production values, and the artists involve suggest that Cowan had good taste in talent. His list of shorts includes such superb musicians as Nat Cole, David Rose, Harry James, Billy May, Spade Cooley, Buddy Rich, and many others. There's probably a treasure of American musical history preserved in Cowan's shorts. tucked away in the Universal vaults. Unfortunately, there is probably little to no chance they'll ever be seen, except in festival situations.

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