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  • 1939
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • 6.5  (743)

Honolulu is a 1939 musical comedy film that follows the adventures of a budding dancer who arrives in Honolulu to perform for a nightclub show. Eleanor Powell stars as the ambitious and talented Jeanne Blair, a dancer from New York City, who catches the eyes of two different men: one she meets on the boat ride to Honolulu, and the other is the son of the owner of the nightclub where she’s set to perform.

Robert Young portrays Richard H. Hargraves, a rancher and playboy, who falls in love with Jeanne on their voyage to Hawaii. Jeanne is initially uninterested, but Richard persists in his efforts to win her over. On her arrival in Honolulu, Jeanne meets her manager, Mme. Adelaide, and the nightclub owner, Roscoe Karns, who tell her about her opening night performance. However, Jeanne finds out that her performance will be delayed for a few nights due to the arrival of a rival performer.

George Burns plays the role of Charlie, a friendly and comical southerner who works as Jeanne’s dance partner. Charlie and Jeanne partner up romantically and professionally, and they soon become a sensation in Honolulu’s nightlife.

Jeanne’s delay in performing gives her time to explore the island and get to know Richard better. However, when Jeanne learns about Richard’s past, she becomes skeptical about their relationship. Will Jeanne be able to forgive Richard and give him another chance?

The film captures the beauty of Honolulu and showcases some of the island’s local dances and customs. Eleanor Powell’s exceptional dancing skills are a highlight of the film - her dance routines are energetic and impressive, showcasing her impeccable timing and footwork. Powell’s performance of the song “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” is a stand-out moment in the film.

Honolulu was directed by Edward Buzzell and produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). The screenplay was written by Herbert Fields, Frank Partos, and Ralph Spence based on a story by Robert E. Hopkins. The film was released on August 4, 1939, and received positive reviews from critics, many of whom praised Powell's dancing and the film’s tropical setting.

In addition to Eleanor Powell, Robert Young, and George Burns, the film also stars Gracie Allen, who appears in a cameo role as herself. Allen’s comedic timing adds a lighthearted touch to the film and makes it more enjoyable.

Overall, Honolulu is an enjoyable musical comedy that showcases the beauty of Hawaii and the talent of one of Hollywood’s most beloved dancers. The film’s energetic dance routines, romantic storyline, and comedic performances make it a must-watch for fans of classic Hollywood films.

Honolulu is a 1939 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 24 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

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    6.5  (743)