Cocoanut Grove (1938)

85 or 91 mins | Musical comedy | 20 May 1938

Director:

Alfred Santell

Producer:

George M. Arthur

Cinematographer:

Leo Tover

Editor:

Hugh Bennett

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Earl Hedrick

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The premiere program credits the music and lyrics of the song "Four of the Three Musketeers" to the Yacht Club Boys. A song of the same name was first written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby for the Marx Brothers play, Animal Crackers . The Cocoanut Grove at Hotel Ambassador in Los Angeles was known as the "springboard of the stars," having launched many performers' careers. According to MPH , the film was previewed at the nightclub for an invited audience. Harry Owens made his film debut in the film. According to a 1957 article in LAT , Tony Martin and Paramount were planning a remake of Cocoanut Grove to coincide with the remodeling of the now extinct nightclub. However, no film was ... More Less

The premiere program credits the music and lyrics of the song "Four of the Three Musketeers" to the Yacht Club Boys. A song of the same name was first written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby for the Marx Brothers play, Animal Crackers . The Cocoanut Grove at Hotel Ambassador in Los Angeles was known as the "springboard of the stars," having launched many performers' careers. According to MPH , the film was previewed at the nightclub for an invited audience. Harry Owens made his film debut in the film. According to a 1957 article in LAT , Tony Martin and Paramount were planning a remake of Cocoanut Grove to coincide with the remodeling of the now extinct nightclub. However, no film was released. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 May 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 May 38
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 38
pp. 14-15.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 38
pp. 18-19.
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
12 May 38
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Mar 38
p. 47.
Motion Picture Herald
14 May 38
p. 47.
New York Times
16 Jun 38
p. 21.
Variety
18 May 38
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
Contr to scr const and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus adv
PRODUCTION MISC
Bus mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Says My Heart," words by Frank Loesser, music by Burton Lane
"You Leave Me Breathless," words by Ralph Freed, music by Burton Lane
"Cocoanut Grove," "Dreamy Hawaiian Moon" and "Sweet Leilani," words and music by Harry Owens
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SONGS
"Says My Heart," words by Frank Loesser, music by Burton Lane
"You Leave Me Breathless," words by Ralph Freed, music by Burton Lane
"Cocoanut Grove," "Dreamy Hawaiian Moon" and "Sweet Leilani," words and music by Harry Owens
"Two Bits a Pair" and "Ten Easy Lessons," words and music by Jack Rock
"The Four of Us Went to Sea," words and music by The Yacht Club Boys
"Four of the Three Musketeers," words and music by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
additional music by Victor Young.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
20 May 1938
Production Date:
late January--late February 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 May 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8043
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85 or 91
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4122
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Chicago bandleader Johnny Prentice continually loses bookings because of his bad temper. After his adopted son Half-Pint is temporarily taken away from him because he has no tutor, several bandmembers, including Tony Wonder, lose faith in Johnny and leave the band. Johnny hires lovely Linda Rogers to tutor Half-Pint, and in time, Johnny and Linda fall in love. She encourages Johnny to follow his dream of playing at the Cocoanut Grove club in Los Angeles, and tells him that the club auditions and showcases unknown bands every spring. When Dixie, a band member, wins a trailer through a cereal contest, Johnny sees his opportunity and buys an old jalopy to take the band to California. At a trailer park, Linda encourages Hula Harry, the pianist, to play his own songs, while she sings. Harry's song is a big hit at the camp, and Johnny discovers both Harry's and Linda's talents. In the midst of a downpour in Kansas, the car literally falls apart and is towed by garage owner Bibb Tucker. Bibb is a whiz with sound effects, so Johnny convinces him to join the band and tow them to California. After more adventures, they reach the club and audition, but club owner Robert Grayson mistakes Tony Wonder's band for Johnny's and hires them instead. Crushed by his apparent failure, Johnny and his musicians disband, and Linda, believing he is flirting with Hazel from Tony's band, boards a bus headed for Chicago. Backstage at the Grove, Bibb overhears Tony scheme to get Harry's signature song and realizes that Tony's band was hired by mistake. He tells Johnny, who, with the speakers on ... +


Chicago bandleader Johnny Prentice continually loses bookings because of his bad temper. After his adopted son Half-Pint is temporarily taken away from him because he has no tutor, several bandmembers, including Tony Wonder, lose faith in Johnny and leave the band. Johnny hires lovely Linda Rogers to tutor Half-Pint, and in time, Johnny and Linda fall in love. She encourages Johnny to follow his dream of playing at the Cocoanut Grove club in Los Angeles, and tells him that the club auditions and showcases unknown bands every spring. When Dixie, a band member, wins a trailer through a cereal contest, Johnny sees his opportunity and buys an old jalopy to take the band to California. At a trailer park, Linda encourages Hula Harry, the pianist, to play his own songs, while she sings. Harry's song is a big hit at the camp, and Johnny discovers both Harry's and Linda's talents. In the midst of a downpour in Kansas, the car literally falls apart and is towed by garage owner Bibb Tucker. Bibb is a whiz with sound effects, so Johnny convinces him to join the band and tow them to California. After more adventures, they reach the club and audition, but club owner Robert Grayson mistakes Tony Wonder's band for Johnny's and hires them instead. Crushed by his apparent failure, Johnny and his musicians disband, and Linda, believing he is flirting with Hazel from Tony's band, boards a bus headed for Chicago. Backstage at the Grove, Bibb overhears Tony scheme to get Harry's signature song and realizes that Tony's band was hired by mistake. He tells Johnny, who, with the speakers on Bibb's truck, drives through Los Angeles asking his scattered band members to return to the club. Overhearing his announcement, the band members drop their jobs and rush to the Grove, where they beat up Tony's band and lock them in the dressing room. Meanwhile, Johnny catches up with Linda's bus. The band is a big success, and Johnny and Linda arrive just in time to play their signature song with Grayson's approval. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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