Panama Hattie

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  • 1942
  • 1 hr 19 min
  • 5.9  (533)

"Panama Hattie," released in 1942, is a musical comedy directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring the comedic talents of Red Skelton, Ann Sothern, and Rags Ragland. The film is a lighthearted tale of love and mistaken identity, set against the backdrop of World War II. The story follows the titular character Hattie (Sothern), a nightclub singer on the Panama Canal, who is torn between two suitors: the wheeler-dealer manager of the nightclub, Nick Bullett (Skelton), and the dashing naval officer Ransome (Dan Dailey). Hattie's love life is further complicated by the arrival of an old flame, Skippy (Ben Blue), who is now a successful newspaper reporter assigned to cover the war effort in Panama.

As Hattie tries to sort out her romantic entanglements, she is also dealing with the challenges of running a nightclub during wartime. She hires a group of energetic performers, including the hilarious Rags Ragland, to keep the customers entertained while navigating military regulations and blackouts.

The film is full of catchy tunes, including the memorable opening number, "Fresh as a Daisy," and the sassy showstopper "Make It Another Old-Fashioned, Please." Sothern's sultry vocals are showcased in several solos, including the bittersweet ballad "I've Still Got My Health." Skelton brings his patented brand of physical humor to the role of Nick, while Ragland steals the show as the irrepressible comic relief.

One of the highlights of the film is the Technicolor sequence set during a performance of Hattie's nightclub act. The vivid colors and playful choreography create a sense of joy and glamour that serves as a welcome respite from the realities of war.

While "Panama Hattie" may not be considered a cinematic masterpiece, it is nonetheless an enjoyable and entertaining musical romp that showcases the talents of some of Hollywood's brightest stars. The film is a reminder of a bygone era of glamour and glitz, and a testament to the enduring popularity of musical comedies as a form of escapist entertainment.

Panama Hattie is a 1942 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 19 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9.

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    5.9  (533)