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- JJ Smithh
A dramatic comedy... What's so hard to understand? Nowadays, we call em "dark comedies". Very well performed, a litle gitchy, of course, with the propaganda of the time... But where wouldn't that have been? I'm surprised I haven't seen this by now. Enjoyed it along with Grants classic whit and style.
Walter Slezak,John Banner,Albert Basserman
All great actors.What a thrill to catch the wonderful John Banner here!I actually fully enjoyed this movie,even if it's been called "schizoid" due to elements of comedy and drama.Maybe to avoid censorship overseas?Ginger marries scumbag Slezak,in cahoots with the Nazis,traveling to the countries that become occupied by Axis powers.He's supposed to be an Austrian baron,but Cary Grant has long tried to get the goods on the Baron.
Used to like this film more
but I saw it recently and it just came across as boring and unevenly plotted. Is it a comedy or a drama? ... 'cause the two sure don't mix in this case. It's also too heavy-handedly political and jingoistic. Kind of a waste of Grant and Rogers if you ask me, both of whom excel in light comedy sans the deathly melodrama, which usually ends up only killing their performances. 2.5/5
once upon a honeymoon
- kevin sellers
Lubitsch it aint. I'm referring, of course, to the other anti Nazi comedy set in Poland during World War 2, the one that actually managed to be funny throughout, and did not feel the need to give in to patriotic blather, "To Have And Have Not." Leo McCarey's attempt at finding humor in the Polish front suffers by comparison. Part of the problem is that Ginger Rogers, though she's not bad, just isn't Carole Lombard (Who is? Maybe Irene Dunne, Myrna Loy and Barbara Stanwyck at times, but that's about it.) A bigger flaw is that McCarey is just too damn somber for his own and the film's good. Basically, the comedic feel vanishes around the time the Polish general is assassinated and the rest of the movie, with a few exceptions (like the ending, and Cary Grant and Rogers being mistaken for Jews) feels very much like your standard, flag waving WW2 picture. The scene where Rogers rhapsodizes about America while voicing racist stereotypes of Mexican Americans and Minnesotans is especially embarrassing when viewed today. Give it a C plus.
Once upon a Honeymoon
- George McTavy
Cary Grant at his best. They don't make them like this anymore sadly.
Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
- Mr. Blandings
One of Cary Grant's best movies, and one of Ginger Rogers' best, as well. Perhaps a bit slow in parts, and unevenly paced, but incredibly worthwhile because of its subject matter (and the expert way it is handled) and the acting and chemistry between the two leads.
Excellent, CLASSIC film (giving it all 10s)
- Jarrod McDonald
There's a lot to say about this movie. I had seen it originally about a year ago and I did not comprehend how great it was till today. I am going to have to consider it among my top five favorites. Due to the deft handling of its subject matter, it's a smart film on many levels, and I can see why it was made. Also, I think Cary and Ginger were truly in love with each other off-camera as well as on, and it shows. They also reteam in 'Monkey Business' ten years later, and they're older but just as good together. But what I really love about this film is how methodic it is and how each close-up and line delivery is precisely defining a mood or feeling about what's going on in Europe. Also, they are able to mine comedy and find laughs in some otherwise very serious material. It's really the perfect tragicomedy when you think about it. It is just so evenly paced. It doesn't hurry towards the finish line, and it doesn't stop along the way, either. It has the right amount of pauses and the right amount of on-going action in it. The stars are shot at their gorgeous best, and the supporting cast shines thanks to Leo McCarey's direction. It's an excellent piece of American cinema.
Hollywood stands for something big.
Personally, I'm grateful Hollywood made these and other anti-Nazi films. "Once Upon A Honeymoon" is over-simplified, jingoistic propaganda--of the right kind, of course. With the hindsight of history on our side, we can see why good guys were compelled to use their art against what turned out to be an evil machine bent on taking over the world. The scene with Ginger Rogers and the passport photographer, dripping with sap as it was, ought to remind every American of our greatness and the good of fighting for what's inherently America and the human spirit, by extension. Note to young audiences: Watch and take heed! Note to today's Hollywood: Stand for something big, something real!
A Wonderful Patriotic Movie
I was on vacationing in Flordia in the summer of 2003 and just happened to turn on the Turner Classic Movie channel[did not even know it existed]... This movie was playing and I was immediatly drawn into it,at that time I had only seen a handful of "Classic" old movies.This film started my complete and total obsession with old movies.I came home and started my subscription to 'NOW PLAYING',my DVD library of old movies is approx. 150 titles strong,and my TIVO has 32 movies that are not available on DVD that will not be erased.Cary Grant is always wonderful to look at, and one of the finest actors of all time...Ginger...Absolutely LOVE HER,whether she is playing a dramatic role,comedy[she is very funny],or dancing!In this film the cinematography is great,there is a scene where her eyes are highlighted in the dark of night,she is looking at Cary and her eyes are sparkling!!!!Now these two were Movie Stars.
Holocaust scenes, unusual gender roles
As a 30-something whose public schooling covered a lot of WWII holocaust education, I have heard a lot of debate about how whether the US pop. & govt had been informed about what was happening to the Jews. There are many who profess innocence at the time -- that no one in the US knew anything that was happening. I was shocked at the level of horror portrayed in this 1942 film about what the Germans were doing to Jews across Europe. I want to know more about the context of this film in the did-we-know debate at the time it was released, and whether this film is ever entered, as an example, into the modern version of the debate.This film initially caught my eye because in some scenes Ginger Rogers almost looks like a young Bette Midler... also, Ginger has some incredible styling. I also find it interesting how this early film plot lets Ginger appear to hold her alcohol far better than Cary.
Another Interesting Cary Performance
Leo McCarey's movie "Once Upon a Honeymoon" veers from slapstick to tragedy in a blink of an eye. It may be a bit much for casual viewers to bear, but lovers of Cary Grant movies will find another very interesting performance. As a correspondent in Germany when WWII breaks out, Cary traipses across war torn Europe in search of a story and following lovely American Ginger Rogers, married to nazi Walter Slezak. (For an anti-nazi, he played such a good one!) Perhaps not a classic in the true sense, but an enjoyable one and well worth releasing on DVD.