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Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 27 November 1942 (USA)
In Europe at the start of World War II, a woman notices that wherever her husband goes, the Nazis seem to follow. Meanwhile, a charming reporter is following them.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Sheridan Gibney (screen play), Sheridan Gibney (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Patrick O'Toole
Ginger Rogers ... Kathie O'Hara / Katherine Butt-Smith / Baroness Katherine Von Luber
Walter Slezak ... Baron Franz Von Luber
Albert Dekker ... Gaston Le Blanc
Albert Bassermann ... Gen. Borelski
Ferike Boros ... Elsa
John Banner ... German Capt. Von Kleinoch
Harry Shannon ... Ed Cumberland
Natasha Lytess ... Anna
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Storyline

At the start of WWII, Katie O'Hara, an American burlesque girl intent on social climbing, marries Austrian Baron Von Luber. Pat O'Toole, an American radio reporter, sees this as a chance to investigate Von Luber, who is suspected of having Nazi ties. As country after country falls to the Nazis, O'Tool follows O'Hara across Europe. At first he is after a story, but he gradually falls in love with her. When she learns that her husband is indeed a Nazi, O'Hara fakes her death and runs off with O'Toole. In Paris, she is recruited to spy for the allies; he uses a radio broadcast to make Von Luber and the Nazis look like fools. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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The Climax of a Year of Great Pictures! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

27 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leo McCarey's Once Upon a Honeymoon See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$861,100
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

RKO's advertising top-billed Cary Grant east of the Mississippi, but Ginger Rogers rated first west of the Mississippi. See more »

Goofs

While the Baron is interrogating Ms. O'Hara at the hotel in Paris (after the photographer is killed and she's arrested), the cross suspended from the Baron's neck disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Katie O'Hara Von Luber, aka Katherine Butt-Smith: [reading] Let's make our love song one that will live / Let's make it one to forget and forgive / As life's shadows lengthen over the years, our love will strengthen through laughter and tears. I will know your thoughts / You will know mine / Without ever a word / Without ever a sign / We will know what is deep in each other's heart / We will know, for it must be, 'till death do us part.'
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: VIENNA 1938 See more »


Soundtracks

Wiener Blut, Op. 354 (Viennese Blood)
(1873) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played during Vienna 1938 and occasionally in the score
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A good film - very odd however.
15 November 2008 | by MightyzebraSee all my reviews

I am watching the Cary Grant films in a very odd order. This is my second (the first was "Bringing Up Baby", which is a sensible first Cary Grant film). I originally wanted to watch this because of Ginger Rogers co-starring with Cary Grant, without knowing what the film was about. Unfortunately, Ginger does not do any dancing or singing, but she and Cary do a marvellous job! These two actors are the points I like most about "Once Upon a Honeymoon", but this film is interesting in other aspects as well...

It was a film made in the "The war in Europe," around the time America had only just joined the war. This film was probably made to convince Americans that they should help the Europeans in the war. Only a few days after "Once Upon a Honeymoon" was released, America happened to join the war. Whether this film convinced anybody or not does not seem to be clear, but it certainly made some sort of impression on the average public.

I found the war theme disturbing in places in this film, especially the part where Cary and Ginger are briefly taken to a concentration camp. Luckily, this film has quite a deal of little old humorous bits popped in every now and again, thanks to the actors playing the good characters and it is quite a light film to watch.

I recommend this to people who like Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers (and do not mind if she does not dance or sing), people who are interested in World War II and to people who like films that are a good deal different. Enjoy "Once Upon a Honeymoon"! :-)


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