Cast & Crew
Midwestern teenager Barbara Ohmstead arrives in Mexico City and is disappointed when Corporal Phil Vaughn, who is flying in from Panama to marry her, fails to appear at the train station. At the American consulate, Barbara learns from David Flanner, the overworked vice consul, that Phil's flight has been delayed until tomorrow. Moments after Barbara leaves David's office to find a hotel, however, Phil shows up, having caught a last-minute military flight. Phil, who tells David that he fell in love with Barbara when she accidentally dove on top of him in a swimming pool, determines to find and marry her before his two-day pass expires.
Barbara, meanwhile, has no luck securing accommodations and seeks help from David, who is attending his fiancée Rachel Mendoza's harp recital. Before David can say no, an exhausted Barbara faints from hunger. Feeling sorry for the teenager, David takes her to a nice restaurant and is seen dancing the jitterbug with her by Rachel's conservative father, Don Gaspar. Embarrassed, David rushes Barbara to his hotel, but because no rooms are available, she decides to go to Xochimilco, where she and Phil were supposed to spend their wedding night.
Concerned for Barbara's safety, David accompanies her there, and the two enjoy a romantic boat ride together. When David suddenly remembers he has a dinner date with Rachel, however, he falls into the water and must replace his soaking wet suit with traditional Mexican attire. David then hides to avoid being spotted by a friend of Rachel's, and Barbara, unaware of the friend, angrily runs off. David chases after her and is slugged by Phil, who has just arrived and mistakes him for a masher. After they spend the night with David in his hotel room, the would-be newlyweds rush to the courthouse, but are told they need a health certificate to marry and will have to wait to get one as all of the doctors in Mexico City are attending a conference. Undaunted, Barbara and Phil go to the conference and try to explain their predicament to a doctor, but as he speaks only Spanish, he has no idea what they are requesting.
When Barbara's subsequent insult is misintrepreted as a compliment, however, the flattered doctor signs their certificate. Armed with the certificate, Barbara and Phil return to the courthouse, but are informed by an enterprising Mexican that they need four witnesses. After paying for their witnesses, the couple finds a willing judge, but he tells Barbara, who falsified her age on her tourist card, that she is too young to marry without parental consent. At their wit's end, the couple goes to Rachel's family estate, where David is entertaining visiting American politicians. David, whose romance with Rachel is suffering because of Barbara's persistence, promises to help the couple marry outside the country and sends them on their way. The impetuous Barbara, however, argues with Phil and returns to David's garden party. Although David tries to convince Barbara to rejoin Phil, who is hiding in a tree, she refuses to listen and goes for a swim in the Mendozas' pool.
When she accidentally dives on top of a passing David, she is momentarily knocked out and awakens madly in love with the diplomat. Now desperate, David finds Phil and sends him to Barbara's room. Barbara, however, is still in love with David and breaks her engagement with Phil. After a heartbroken Phil informs David of his "victory," David threatens to spank Barbara, who screams and brings Phil running. Phil slugs David and throws Barbara into the pool, then dives on top of her. Smitten once again, Barbara finally walks down the aisle with Phil, while David and a forgiving Rachel reunite.
José R. Goula
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.
Ralph Navarro Norwood
Rodolfo Hoyos Sr.
Robert E. O'connor
Alphonse Du Bois
Russell A. Cully
Albert S. D'agostino
Earl A. Wolcott
Temple plays teenage bride Barbara who's eloped to Mexico City to meet her fiancé Phil (Guy Madison) and get married. Missed connections put the couple into the path of harried American consul David Flanner (Franchot Tone), and the complications increase when Temple imagines herself in love with Flanner.
In her 1988 autobiography, Child Star, Temple recalls that she sat under a sunlamp just before production on Honeymoon got underway, and ended up with swollen eyes. For the first few days of filming, she had to be shot in wide shots only. She also writes that Joseph Cotten, also under contract to Selznick, went on suspension when he refused to be loaned to RKO to play the Tone role in Honeymoon, because he felt he was too old to be playing opposite Temple.
As a newlywed, Temple was under constant scrutiny by the press, which was waiting breathlessly for an announcement of pregnancy. During the filming of Honeymoon, Temple had her wisdom teeth removed and suffered an infection, which caused her jaw to swell. A doctor was called to the set to treat it, and Temple joked to her stand-in that "my jaw was pregnant." Someone overheard and misheard this comment, and the next day, gossip columnists announced her impending motherhood. In fact, her marriage was already in trouble, and the birth of a daughter in 1948 would not save it. The couple would divorce in 1949.
Critics suggested that Temple, now a grown-up married woman of 18, was perhaps too old to play cute, and that the script of Honeymoon made her annoying instead of adorable. Bosley Crowther of the New York Times wrote, "The friends of Shirley Temple must be getting a little bit tired of seeing this buxom young lady still acting as if she were still a kid. Shirley is no Greta Garbo, which is plain enough to see, but she certainly deserves an opportunity to act smarter than she does in Honeymoon." The Time critic admitted that "Honeymoon has its entertaining moments but something goes wrong with the farcical frenzy the leading players are supposed to whip up. The character Miss Temple plays is presented as if she were just too terribly cute, whereas she is playing a spoiled brat who has yet to learn that the world is not her oyster." Fans apparently agreed - the film lost $675,000. While it's not one of Temple's best performances during the latter part of her career, she does have her moments, especially when playing opposite expert farceur Tone. And she does get to sing, and to dance a sexy samba.
Director: William Keighley
Producer: Warren Duff
Screenplay: Michael Kanin, based on a story by Vicki Baum
Cinematography: Edward Cronjager
Editor: Ralph Dawson
Costume Design: Edward Stevenson
Art Direction: Ralph Berger, Albert S. D'Agostino
Music: Leigh Harline
Cast: Shirley Temple (Barbara), Franchot Tone (Flanner), Guy Madison (Phil), Lina Romay (Raquel), Gene Lockhart (Prescott), Corinna Mura (Senora Mendoza), Grant Mitchell (Crenshaw), Julio Villarreal (Senor Mendoza), Manuel Arvide (Registrar), Jose R. Goula (Dr. Diego).
by Margarita Landazuri
RKO borrowed Guy Madison and Shirley Temple from David O. Selznick's company for this production. Hollywood Reporter news items add the following information about the production: Joseph Cotten was first cast in the role of "David Flanner," but turned down the part because he felt he was too old to be linked romantically with Temple's character. As a result of his refusal, Cotten was put on suspension by Selznick. In onscreen credits Julian Villarreal's name is misspelled as "Villareal."
In early March 1946, RKO announced that the film was to be shot in and around its new Churubusco studios near Mexico City. Because of a workers' strike in the Mexican film industry, however, the production remained in Hollywood until mid-April 1946. At that time, the cast and crew were scheduled to shoot for twenty-two days in and around the Mexican studio. Over two hundred Spanish-speaking extras were hired to appear in the film. Director William Keighley was to assist in the editing, and producer David Hempstead was borrowed from Selznick's company to supervise the editing. Alfonso Sánchez Tello is credited in Hollywood Reporter as "helping" the film's second unit in Mexico City, but the exact nature of his contribution is not known. Modern sources note that the picture cost $1,739,000 to produce and lost $675,000 at the box office.