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Alternate Title: It Happened in Kaloha
Director: William A. Seiter (Dir)
Release Date:   22 Mar 1940
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 19 Mar 1940
Production Date:   began 27 Dec 1939
Duration (in mins):   100
Duration (in reels):   11
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Cast:   Deanna Durbin (Pamela Drake)  
    Kay Francis (Georgia Drake)  
    Walter Pidgeon (John Arlen)  
    Eugene Pallette (Governor Allen)  
    Henry Stephenson (Captain Andrew)  
    Cecilia Loftus (Sara Frankenstein)  
    Samuel S. Hinds (Sidney Simpson)  
    Lewis Howard (Freddie Miller)  
    S. Z. Sakall (Carl Ober)  
    Fritz Feld (Headwaiter [Oscar])  
    Virginia Brissac (Miss Holden)  
    Romaine Callender (Evans)  
    Joe King (First Mate Kelly)  
    Mary Kelley (Governor's wife)  
    Eddie Polo (Quarter-master)  
    Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians    
    Charles Lane (Horner)  
    John Arledge (Newcomer)  
    Leon Belasco (Captain)  
    Anna Demetrio (Cook)  
    Eddie Acuff (Ship's steward)  
    Johnny Day (Sleepy-eyed blonde)  
    Fay McKenzie (Young girl)  
    Linda Deane (Young girl)  
    Phyllis Ruth (Young girl)  
    Virginia Engels (Young girl)  
    Dora Clemant (Stewardess)  
    Landers Stevens (Executive)  
    William Ruhl (Ship's officer)  
    David Oliver (Officer)  
    Mark Anthony (Officer)  
    Jenifer Gray (Cable office girl)  
    Milton Kibbee (Sailor)  
    Mary Shannon (Wardrobe mistress)  

Summary: Pamela Drake, the daughter of the famous but aging Broadway star Georgia Drake, has inherited her mother's acting ambitions. At the closing night party of her mother's latest production, Pam convinces director Sidney Simpson and writer Carl Ober to visit her summer stock school. While Georgia travels to Honolulu to prepare for Ober's new production, Ober and Sidney visit the school and, as a theatrical exercise, stage the second act of Ober's new play with Pamela playing the lead. Ober believes that Georgia is too old for the part, and when he sees Pamela's impressive performance, he offers her the role. Unaware that she has stolen her mother's part, Pam, overwhelmed by her unexpected opportunity, decides to seek out the greatest coach she knows, Georgia, and sets sail for Honolulu. Aboard the ocean liner, Pam attempts to live her prospective role of the tragically spurned woman, thus earning her the sympathy of pineapple king John Arlen, a man twice her age. Pam misunderstands John's attentions, however, and believes that he is in love with her. In Honolulu, Pam discovers that she and her mother are competing for the same part and decides to give up the stage to marry John. To keep her mother from receiving Sidney's phone call, in which he plans to tell her she has lost the role, Pam arranges to dine with Georgia and John. While Pam leaves the table to intercept the call, however, John becomes infatuated with Georgia. John soon finds himself pursued by Pamela but in love with Georgia. Escorting both women to the governor's ball, John must avoid Pam's attempts to propose to him so that he can propose to Georgia. John finally pops the question just as Sidney and Ober arrive. Before they can tell Georgia that Pamela has the lead, Georgia declines the role and announces her engagement to John, thus clearing the way for Pamela to score in the show. 

Production Company: Universal Pictures Co.  
Production Text: A Joe Pasternak Production
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures Co.  
Director: William A. Seiter (Dir)
  Frank Shaw (Asst dir)
  Vernon Keays (Asst dir)
Producer: Joe Pasternak (Prod)
Writer: Norman Krasna (Scr)
  Jane Hall (Orig story)
  Frederick Kohner (Orig story)
  Ralph Block (Orig story)
Photography: Joseph Valentine (Dir of photog)
  Stanley Cortez (Background photog)
  Ross Hoffman (Asst cam, background photog)
Art Direction: Jack Otterson (Art dir)
  Martin Obzina (Art dir assoc)
Film Editor: Bernard Burton (Film ed)
Set Decoration: R. A. Gausman (Set dec)
Costumes: Vera West (Gowns)
Music: Charles Previn (Mus dir)
  Frank Skinner (Orch)
Sound: Bernard [B.] Brown (Sd supv)
  Joseph Lapis (Sd tech)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs: "Love Is All," words and music by Pinky Tomlin and Harry Tobias; "Gypsy Lullaby," words and music by Arthur Freed; "It Happened in Kaloha," words and music by Ralph Freed and Frank Skinner; "Rhythm of the Island," words and music by Eddie Cherkose, Jacques Press and Leon Belasco; "Loch Lomond (By Yon Bonnie Brae)," Scottish traditional; "Ave Maria," music by Franz Schubert, lyrics by P. Adam Storck; "Musetta's Street Song" from the opera La Bohéme , music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica.
Composer: Leon Belasco
  Eddie Cherkose
  Arthur Freed
  Ralph Freed
  Giuseppe Giacosa
  Luigi Illica
  Jacques Press
  Giacomo Puccini
  Franz Schubert
  Frank Skinner
  P. Adam Storck
  Harry Tobias
  Pinky Tomlin
Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Co. 1/4/1940 dd/mm/yyyy LP9513

PCA NO: 6122
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Mirrophonic

 
Genre: Romantic comedy
Sub-Genre: with songs
 
Subjects (Major): Actors and actresses
  Ambition
  Mothers and daughters
  Theater
 
Subjects (Minor): Balls (Parties)
  Honolulu (HI)
  New York City--Broadway
  Ocean liners
  Parties
  Playwrights
  Proposals (Marital)
  Romantic rivalry
  Schools
  Ships
  Theatrical directors

Note: The working title of this picture was It Happened in Kaloha , and it marked Durbin's seventh collaboration with producer Joe Pasternak and camerman Joseph Valentine. Exteriors were shot at Sherwood Lake, CA, and, according to a news item in HR , background scenes were shot in Honolulu, HA, by cameraman Stanley Cortez and his assistant, Ross Hoffman under the direction of assistant director Vernon Keays. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   10 Mar 40   p. 3.
Film Daily   25 Mar 40   p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter   1 Dec 39   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   21 Dec 39   p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter   27 Dec 39   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   20 Mar 40   p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily   25 Mar 40   p. 1, 4
Motion Picture Herald   16 Mar 40   p. 44.
Motion Picture Herald   23 Mar 40   p. 42.
New York Times   23 Mar 40   p. 16.
Variety   27 Mar 40   p. 17.

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