Paradise, Hawaiian Style
|Paradise, Hawaiian Style|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael D. Moore|
|Produced by||Hal B. Wallis|
|Story by||Allan Weiss|
|Music by||Joseph J. Lilley|
|Cinematography||W. Wallace Kelley|
|Edited by||Warren Low|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Paradise, Hawaiian Style is a 1966 musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley. It was the third and final motion picture that Presley filmed in Hawaii. The film reached #40 on the Variety weekly box office chart, earning $2.5 million in theaters. In agreeing to do this film, Elvis' manager Colonel Tom Parker was hoping to replicate the success of Presley's box office hit, 1961's Blue Hawaii.
Rick Richards (Presley) returns to his home in Hawaii after being fired from his job as an airline pilot. He and his buddy Danny Kohana (James Shigeta) go into the helicopter charter business together. But Rick's reckless flying and his careless negotiations with local women may cost Rick the business and Danny his home.
Disaster looms as Danny becomes overdue on a flight after Rick has been grounded by government officials. Rick must decide if he should risk losing his license forever by going to look for his friend.
- Elvis Presley as Rick Richards
- Suzanna Leigh as Judy Hudson
- James Shigeta as Danny Kohana
- Jan Shepard as Betty Kohana
- Philip Ahn as Moki Kaimana
- Donna Butterworth as Jan Kohana
- Marianna Hill as Lani Kaimana
- Irene Tsu as Pua
- Linda Wong as Lehua Kawena
- Julie Parrish as Joanna
Principal photography began in Hawaii on July 27, 1965 (with the working title of Hawaiian Paradise) and finished on September 29 in Los Angeles.
Vincent Canby of The New York Times compared the film to the formulaic 1930s musicals that Bing Crosby used to star in, concluding that it was "all harmless and forgettable." Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it "pleasant hot-weather diversion. Pretty much the usual Elvis Presley formula of songs and romance, this Paramount release ... has the added bonus of lush tropical scenery in color. And Elvis, as always, remains [a] relaxed, enjoyable entertainer." Variety called the film "a gaily-begarbed and flowing musical," with the Hawaiian setting seldom before having been "utilized to such lush advantage." The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, "This is Elvis Presley right back in the old rut, parading his talents as a man of action while women swoon at his passage. The script is rather worse than routine, and the songs and choreography are undistinguished; which leaves very little but Wallace Kelley's colourful photography of the strictly tourist-eye view of the islands."
- "Paradise, Hawaiian Style, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
- "Paradise, Hawaiian Style - History". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
- Canby, Vincent (June 16, 1966). "Presley Invades Hawaii". The New York Times: 53.
- Thomas, Kevin. "It's 'Paradise' for Elvis Presley Fans." Los Angeles Times. June 1, 1966. Part IV, p. 8.
- "Paradise, Hawaiian Style". Variety: 6. June 8, 1966.
- "Paradise, Hawaiian Style", The Monthly Film Bulletin, 33 (391): 127, August 1966
- Paradise, Hawaiian Style on IMDb
- Paradise, Hawaiian Style at AllMovie
- Paradise, Hawaiian Style at the TCM Movie Database
- Paradise, Hawaiian Style at Rotten Tomatoes
- Elvis in Hawaii
- Review by Janet Branagan at Apollo Movie Guide
- Review of the movie collection "Lights! Camera! Elvis! Collection (King Creole, Blue Hawaii, G.I. Blues, Fun in Acapulco, Roustabout, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Paradise, Hawaiian Style, Easy Come, Easy Go) by Paul Mavis at DVD Talk, August 6, 2007
- Review by Jon Danziger at digitallyOBSESSED!, March 2, 2003