Panama Hattie

1942, Movie, NR, 79 mins

A terrific Broadway play was given a dismal screen treatment, highlighted only by a few Cole Porter tunes salvaged from the play. MGM paid $130,000 for the rights to the play, only to toss most of it aside. In New York, it starred Ethel Merman, James Dunn, Arthur Treacher, Rags Ragland, Betty Hutton, and Joan Carroll and it ran for more than 500 performances. In the film, Sothern runs a nightclub in Panama, some sailors enter, a few spies are tossed in to relieve the vaudeville-like production numbers, and the picture is over. It ran less than 80 minutes and managed to pack in a host of songs, so you can get the idea that the story material was nearly nonexistent, ...
Released: 1942 Rated: NR Length: 79 mins

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