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Panama Hattie

Released Oct 1, 1942 1h 19m Musical List
Reviews 40% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Hattie (Ann Sothern), the boisterous, lovable owner of a Panama hotel --- which is more of a temporary home to American sailors with names like Red (Red Skelton) and Rowdy (Ben Blue) than high-society types --- finds herself thrown for a loop when she falls for the rich and urbane Dick Bulliett. Though love supposedly can conquer all, including obvious class differences, Dick and Hattie must first survive the sabotaging attempts from Dick's enamored admirer, rich girl Leila Tree (Marsha Hunt). Read More Read Less
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Paul Trench London Evening Standard Red Skelton is a comic sailor. Virginia O'Brien, the dead-pan singer, stops the show with a Cole Porter number. May 26, 2021 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Otherwise poor musical has some good dance numbers directed by Vincente Minnelli, as an apprentice starting Hollywood film making. May 14, 2017 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com A low-brow musical that doesn't bear the stylistic signature of Vincente Minnelli, not to mention the fact that Ann Sothern is not Ethel Merman, who did it on Broadway. Rated: C Apr 26, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The wartime musical/comedy Panama Hattie was a hit on Broadway for songwriter Cole Porter and its star Ethel Merman. Rated: C May 21, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Watch this for the lovely Ann Sothern. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Not the best script, but several great ideas are well shot and strung together well enough to entertain. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Much-maligned MGM musical is pretty good until the half-way point when it disintegrates into a silly WWII spy spoof; based on the Cole Porter Broadway hit and including the songs "I've Still Got My Health," "Let's Be Buddies," "Fresh As a Daisy" and "Just One of Those Things" sung by Lena Horne. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Hattie (Ann Sothern), the boisterous, lovable owner of a Panama hotel --- which is more of a temporary home to American sailors with names like Red (Red Skelton) and Rowdy (Ben Blue) than high-society types --- finds herself thrown for a loop when she falls for the rich and urbane Dick Bulliett. Though love supposedly can conquer all, including obvious class differences, Dick and Hattie must first survive the sabotaging attempts from Dick's enamored admirer, rich girl Leila Tree (Marsha Hunt).
Director
Norman Z. McLeod
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Musical
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 1, 1942, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 19m
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