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Friday, January 22, 2016

Honeymoon Hotel (1964)

After his fiancee (Anne Helm) cancels their wedding at the last minute, the groom (Robert Morse) uses the honeymoon tickets to the Caribbean by taking his womanizing room mate (Robert Goulet) with him. The trouble is the hotel is for honeymooners only! With no changes whatsoever, this farcical romcom could easily have been a 1940s ROAD movie with Crosby and Hope in the Goulet and Morse roles. The problem is the film doesn't really get going until the film's last half hour but if you hang in there, the movie's last 30 minutes provide some good laughs. Poor Robert Goulet! He was about 15 years too late for the movies. He had movie star looks and a strong baritone and could easily have played those Howard Keel and Gordon MacRae parts but by 1964, those kind of movie musicals were out of fashion. The film's female leads are played by Nancy Kwan, who's wasted but she does get a chance to show off her dancing skills (she's a trained dancer) and Jill St. John, who has the movie's funniest bits and gets as close to stealing the movie as anyone. Directed by Henry Levin (WHERE THE BOYS ARE). With Keenan Wynn, Elsa Lanchester and Chris Noel. 

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