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Honolulu(1939)

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  • ELEANOR POWELL!

    • JD
    • 7/30/15

    Eleanor Powell, the unbelievably talented tap dancing musical super-star from the mid-thirties to the mid-forties, made several large movies for MGM and often paired with other musical stars. This wasn't one of those. Honolulu is one of those somewhat routine MGM films from the late 1930's, the kind they made when their stars were in between larger projects. However, even the lesser MGM films were big productions. Though the plot to this film is a bit implausible, it's still a cool movie, the comedy and dance numbers leading the way. The story is simple. A movie star, played by Robert Young, comes across a plantation owner from Hawaii. This man from Hawaii, also played by Robert Young, is identical in appearance to the actor. That's right: they both look just alike. The actor, tired of attention seeking fans and the constant spotlight, convinces his look-alike from Hawaii to change placers with him for a while so he can get a bit of much needed rest. So...they switch places, and along the way they fall in love with the ladies in the film. Good casting here, it's a fun movie. I was never a big fan of the George Burns /Gracie Allen comedy team, but in this film I found them quite funny. Burns works his comedy with the Robert Young characters, and Gracie Allen provides the laughs with Eleanor Powell. Also, a bit of music as well. Robert Young, in both roles, is as usual a likable leading man. Eleanor Powell has less to do in this film than some of her others, but she does have several dance numbers. Long a fan of Miss Powell, I found the dance scenes slightly basic, by comparison to her other films. However, they're still high quality. The highlight is her final number, an elaborate Hawaiian themed dance that's very well done. Despite the silly plot, and this being one of the lesser Eleanor Powell dance films, this movie is a good watch. It is what it is, a fun film.

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