Waikiki Wedding

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Waikiki Wedding
Waikiki Wedding.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Written by
  • Frank Butler
  • Don Hartman
  • Walter DeLeon
  • Francis Martin
Music by Leo Shuken (uncredited)
Cinematography Karl Struss
Edited by Paul Weatherwax
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • March 23, 1937 (1937-03-23) (USA)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Waikiki Wedding is a 1937 American musical film directed by Frank Tuttle and starring Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, and Shirley Ross.[1] Bing plays the part of Tony Marvin, a PR man charged with extolling the virtues of Hawaii. The female lead, played by Shirley Ross is a local beauty queen who makes unhelpful comments about the islands. Bob Burns, along with Martha Raye, are the "comic relief". Amongst the supporting cast was a young Anthony Quinn. It was made by Paramount Pictures as a rival to the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films then being made by RKO Pictures.

A beauty contest winner of the "Miss Pineapple Princess" pageant takes part in a publicity scheme in Hawaii, and is pursued by an advertising executive for the agency doing the promotion.

The film is best remembered for the song "Sweet Leilani" with words and music by Harry Owens, which won the Oscar for Best Song in 1937. Other songs included "Blue Hawaii", "In a Little Hula Heaven", "Nani Ona Pua", "Okolehao", and "Sweet Is the Word for You".


  • Bing Crosby as Tony Marvin
  • Bob Burns as Shad Buggle
  • Martha Raye as Myrtle Finch
  • Shirley Ross as Georgia Smith
  • George Barbier as J.P. Todhunter
  • Leif Erickson as Dr. Victor Quimby
  • Grady Sutton as Everett Todhunter
  • Granville Bates as Uncle Herman
  • Anthony Quinn as Kimo
  • Mitchell Lewis as Koalani
  • George Regas as Muamua
  • Nick Lukats as Assistant Purser
  • Prince Leilani as Priest
  • Maurice Liu as Kaiaka
  • Raquel Echeverría as Mahina
  • Iris Yamaoka as Secretary


  1. ^ "Waikiki Wedding". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 

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