Blue Hawaii (1961) - Comedy, Musical

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After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.

IMDB: 6.1
Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 7 out of 38 found boring (18.42%)

One-line Reviews (20)

I'd rate this movie high because it's so enjoyable.

Jennie Maxwell, playing Ellie Corbett was a thoroughly enjoyable over-sexed brat.

Angela Lansbury, as Elvis' rock 'n-roll-hating mother, is always an asset but doesn't have much of a character to play; she's forgettable this time, as is Joan Blackman, one of Presley's dullest on-screen love-interests.

Save your money and see 'King Creole', 'Loving You', or 'Jailhouse Rock' instead.

Enjoyable Elvis movie .

The supporting cast is variable, annoying Jenny Maxwell and dull John Archer coming off worst.

It has been said that this film set the tone for Elvis Presley's future film career; a musical romantic comedy featuring pretty locations, prettier girls, mediocre songs and banal plots.

The formulaic story has occasional draggy spots due to the content not quite being enough to sustain the running time.

) but all Presley wants to do is have a good time, so he becomes a tour guide (ho-hum).

"The soundtrack is quite possibly the best of any Elvis movie, with such gems as "Can't Help Falling In Love," the toe-tapping "Rockahula," "Hawaiian Wedding Song" and an abbreviated but still enjoyable rendition from Elvis of the traditional Hawaiian classic, "Aloha Oe.

The fact that it was shot on location in Hawaii makes it all the more enjoyable.

In his place was Elvis the lounge singer, a younger, better-looking version of Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby, crooning a string of bland, middle-of-the-road easy- listening numbers, in this film often with a vaguely Hawaiian flavour.

All that he did before is worth a watch :"love me tender" "flaming star" "jailhouse rock" "king creole" are exciting movies even if you are not a big Elvis fan.

It's all very intense.

"Blue Hawaii" benefits from Charles Lang's gorgeous cinematography and some of the most stunning scenery.

The story is fairly trite and the female leads are uninteresting except for a really silly turn by Angela Lansbury as, believe it or not, his mother.

Angela Landsbury, playing Chad Gate's mother is enjoyable and she's a good actress.

It is also full of breathtaking scenery.

The star himself looks bored, and most of his songs here are mediocre.

It's positively sleep-inducing.