Review: ‘Once Upon a Honeymoon’

Producer-director Leo McCarey develops hit tale at a decidedly slow pace, and despite the overlength footage, succeeds in holding attention most of the way through.

Producer-director Leo McCarey develops hit tale at a decidedly slow pace, and despite the overlength footage, succeeds in holding attention most of the way through.

Story picks up Ginger Rogers as a naive golddigger and former stripper from Flatbush in Vienna on the eve of her wedding to influential Nazi (Walter Slezak). Cary Grant, American war correspondent, meets her and falls in love, following the honeymooning couple through eastern Europe until he convinces Rogers her husband is Hitler’s finger man.

In deliberately focusing attention on Rogers and Grant, McCarey spends much time on development of incidents, with result that there’s an overload of dialog and too much footage devoted to secondary sequences. Even with these drawbacks, picture holds together in good shape.

Once Upon a Honeymoon

Production

RKO. Director Leo McCarey; Producer Leo McCarey; Screenplay Sheridan Gibney; Camera George Barnes; Editor Tharon Warth; Music Robert Emmett Dolan

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 116 MIN.

With

Ginger Rogers Cary Grant Walter Slezak Albert Dekker Albert Basserman
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