Panama Hattie

Panama Hattie

Red Skelton
Director: Norman Z. McLeod Cast: Red Skelton
Red Skelton
, Ann Sothern
Ann Sothern
, Rags Ragland
Rags Ragland
Norman Z. McLeod

DVD (Remastered / B&W / Full Frame)

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Cole Porter's musical hit Panama Hattie originally starred Ethel Merman on Broadway. But Merman was not a proven movie commodity, thus it was Ann Sothern who appeared in the film version as Hattie, brassy but golden-hearted proprietress of a Canal Zone hotel. Accustomed to dealing with such raucous cohorts as she-sick sailors Red (Red Skelton), Rags (Rags Ragland) and Rowdy (Ben Blue), Hattie isn't quite certain how to handle herself when she falls in love with wealthy and cultured Dick Bulliett (Dan Dailey Jr.) Socialite Leila Tree (Marsha Hunt), who'd previously set her cap for Dick, does her best to break up the romance, but Hattie is championed by Dick's kid sister Geraldine (Jackie Horner) and family butler Jenkins (Alan Mowbray). The play's original storyline, which shifted into gear when Hattie began picking up Nazi shortwave radio broadcast in the fillings of her teeth, is virtually nonexistent here, as is Porter's score, save for "I've Still Got My Health" and "Let's be Buddies" (Lena Horne does, however, show up to sing "Just One of Those Things," a carryover from an earlier Porter musical). A notoriously troubled production, Panama Hattie was completely refilmed after a disastrous preview, delaying its scheduled release by nearly a year.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2012
UPC: 0883316469118
Original Release: 1942
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:19:00
Sales rank: 30,909

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Red Skelton Red
Ann Sothern Hattie Maloney
Rags Ragland Rags
Ben Blue Howdy
Marsha Hunt Leila Tree
Virginia O'Brien Flo Foster
Alan Mowbray Jay Perkins
Dan Dailey Dick Bulliet
Jackie Horner Geraldine Bulliet
Carl Esmond Lucas Keller
Lena Horne Herself
Stanley Andrews Col. John Briggs
Fred Graham Naval Policeman
Roger Moore Spy
Lucien Prival Hans
Max Wagner Guard
Pierre Watkin Adm. Tree
George Watts Mac the Bartender
Grant Withers Shore Patrol
Duke York Bruno
Joe Yule Waiter
Berry Brothers Themselves
Monte Blue Actor

Technical Credits
Norman Z. McLeod Director
George Bassman Score Composer
Daniel Dare Choreography
Buddy G. DeSylva Original Story
George Folsey Cinematographer
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Wilkie Mahoney Screenwriter
Jack McGowan Screenwriter
Vincente Minnelli Choreography
Cole Porter Songwriter
Blanche Sewell Editor
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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