Waikiki Wedding (1937)

88-90 mins | Musical comedy | 26 March 1937

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HISTORY

According to news items, Bing Crosby initially turned down the starring in role in this film because the story wasn't right for him, and Paramount rewrote the script to get him to accept the role. HR announced on 7 Jan 1937 that a unit led by Robert Bruce had left to shoot background scenes in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to a news item in HR , the owner of "Wafford the Pig," used in various scenes in this film, demanded a payraise for the animal from $60-a-week to $1,000-a-week. Harry Owens won a 1937 Academy Award for Best Song for "Sweet ... More Less

According to news items, Bing Crosby initially turned down the starring in role in this film because the story wasn't right for him, and Paramount rewrote the script to get him to accept the role. HR announced on 7 Jan 1937 that a unit led by Robert Bruce had left to shoot background scenes in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to a news item in HR , the owner of "Wafford the Pig," used in various scenes in this film, demanded a payraise for the animal from $60-a-week to $1,000-a-week. Harry Owens won a 1937 Academy Award for Best Song for "Sweet Leilani." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Aug 36
p. 3.
Daily Variety
6 Aug 36
p. 6.
Daily Variety
20 Mar 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Mar 37
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Aug 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Dec 36
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Dec 36
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jan 37
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 37
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Feb 37
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Mar 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
22 Mar 37
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Mar 37
p. 49, 52
Motion Picture Herald
3 Apr 37
p. 41.
New York Times
25 Mar 37
p. 29.
Variety
31 Mar 37
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Hawaiian exteriors
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Arr by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Sweet Leilani," music and lyrics by Harry Owens
"Okolehao," "In a Little Hula Heaven," "Blue Hawaii" and "Sweet Is the Word for You," music and lyrics by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
"Nani Ona Pua," "Lani's Song" and "Momi Pele," music by Ralph Rainger, Hawaiian lyrics by Jimmy Lowell.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 March 1937
Production Date:
17 December 1936--23 February 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 March 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7031
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88-90
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3135
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Tony Marvin, who works in advertising at J. P. Todhunter's Imperial Pineapples in Hawaii, designs a publicity stunt involving the selection of an "Imperial Pineapple Girl," who is to come to Hawaii for three weeks of romance and then publish her impressions of the trip. After Georgia Smith, the chosen girl, threatens to return home early when her glamorous trip to Hawaii proves uneventful, Tony is picked to romance her. As Georgia leaves her hotel for the home-bound ship, a stranger, hired by Todhunter, asks her to smuggle a necklace to San Francisco for his sister. Inside the necklace is a stolen, sacred black pearl, which the stranger says must be returned to the islanders in order to appease the goddess of their volcano, which has started to smoke. Georgia and her stenographer, Myrtle Finch, and Tony and his friend, Shad Buggle, are all obliged to sail to a nearby island and return the pearl. The island ceremonies and moonlight enchant Georgia, and she falls in love with Tony, unaware that he works for the pineapple company. Tony, meanwhile, has been calling in installments of the Pineapple Girl's impressions for the island's newspapers, which he has written himself. After the High Priest prays for the acceptance of the pearl by the goddess, Tony and his friend Kimo order the islanders to create a fire beneath the volcano to make it look as if the pearl was fake and the goddess is still angry, thereby promoting further adventures for Georgia. Eventually, Tony, Georgia, Shad and Myrtle escape from the island in Tony's boat and head for the mainland. Tony tries many times to confess to Georgia ... +


Tony Marvin, who works in advertising at J. P. Todhunter's Imperial Pineapples in Hawaii, designs a publicity stunt involving the selection of an "Imperial Pineapple Girl," who is to come to Hawaii for three weeks of romance and then publish her impressions of the trip. After Georgia Smith, the chosen girl, threatens to return home early when her glamorous trip to Hawaii proves uneventful, Tony is picked to romance her. As Georgia leaves her hotel for the home-bound ship, a stranger, hired by Todhunter, asks her to smuggle a necklace to San Francisco for his sister. Inside the necklace is a stolen, sacred black pearl, which the stranger says must be returned to the islanders in order to appease the goddess of their volcano, which has started to smoke. Georgia and her stenographer, Myrtle Finch, and Tony and his friend, Shad Buggle, are all obliged to sail to a nearby island and return the pearl. The island ceremonies and moonlight enchant Georgia, and she falls in love with Tony, unaware that he works for the pineapple company. Tony, meanwhile, has been calling in installments of the Pineapple Girl's impressions for the island's newspapers, which he has written himself. After the High Priest prays for the acceptance of the pearl by the goddess, Tony and his friend Kimo order the islanders to create a fire beneath the volcano to make it look as if the pearl was fake and the goddess is still angry, thereby promoting further adventures for Georgia. Eventually, Tony, Georgia, Shad and Myrtle escape from the island in Tony's boat and head for the mainland. Tony tries many times to confess to Georgia his part in the pearl scheme, but cannot get up the nerve. As they approach the mainland, he proposes to Georgia and tells her to put on her best dress for an immediate wedding. Meanwhile, Georgia's hometown fiancé Victor, a dentist, and her Uncle Herman have flown to Hawaii to save Georgia from the duplicitous Tony and the dangerous islands. Although by now Tony is pleading with Todhunter to publicly deny the authenticity of the Pineapple Girl's articles so that Georgia will accept him, Victor convinces Georgia that Tony deliberately exploited her. Todhunter refuses to cooperate with Tony, and he is forced to quit. Georgia refuses to believe Tony is in love with her and, oblivious to his attempts to win back her trust, boards the ship for home. Finally, Tony sends an old woman onto the ship to pose as his mother. The woman asks Georgia if she loves Victor and tells her not to let her pride keep her from the man she really loves. Georgia runs off the ship just in time and, although she discovers the woman was a hoax, kisses Tony anyway. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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