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Once upon a Honeymoon

4.2 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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An American burlesque girl intent on social climbing unknowingly marries a Nazi in the guise of an Austrian Baron. When an American radio reporter tracks the couple down to investigate, she inadvertently falls in love with the reporter instead.

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  • Actors: Ginger Rogers, Walter Slezak Cary Grant
  • Directors: Leo McCarey
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EAYE7Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By A Customer on May 19, 2000
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This is not the original edition used for general theatrical release. It has been "cleansed" by somebody for God-knows-what-reason.
When seen in the original version, including all of Grant's speeches (the Peace of Holland, a Peace of France, etc), the result is pretty funny, despite some slow moments.
This is an important piece of pre-WWII anti-fascist movie making from the 1940's. Ginger Grant is her usual lovely self, while Grant tries desperately but nearly fails in the underplayed hero category.
Overall, this would be better if some dunderheaded editor would not have cut the film so darn much!
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This is the Original Studio Version and not the one that was released to the general public and shown on TV since the 1950's. Many of the famous speeches are different; weakening the impact of the film. The speech Grant made about Germany wants Peace, a Peace of Poland, a Peace of Holland, a Peace of France is missing entirely. It is too bad that this is the version that is currently available as, I believe, the other is more powerful.
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I've seen this film in its entirety and it's great. This version has had all the heartwarming and stirring parts edited out, and as a result, the story is choppy and unconnected. Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers are two of my favorite classic leads to watch, but even they can't save the film from the damage done by the edits. Very sad, because the complete movie was really good!
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Admittedly, this film has plenty of American propaganda, but that doesn't really detract from your enjoyment of it. Grant is charming, to say the least. The serious subject matter mixes well with the comedy. And, as always, Leo McCarey made a romance that makes you cry (watch for the poem that Grant writes for Rogers). I haven't seen the original, but this one is damn good.
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This is a pale imitation of the film released to the general public and shown on TV since the 1950's. I was very disappointed to find many of the most famous speeches removed, weakening, and destroying the impact of the film. I can not recommend this version for these reasons. Don't be fooled by the Original Studio version. It is not as good as the one most people remember seeing.
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This is a great DVD with wonderful quality. A romantic comedy yes but also has espionage as the backdrop. Cary Grant shines and Ginger Rogers is just so cute as the love interest. The plot definitely has substance! Highly Recommend!

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This movie was made before the US entered WW 2. It has some light comedy/romance, but drama/suspense as well, revealing the real threat of Nazi Germany and their plan to take over the world,with a reference to concentration camps. Grant and Rogers were versatile actors in drama and comedy,which both are displayed in this movie.
Story Line: Rogers plays a gold digging American in Austria with her cap set to marry a rich government official.Grant plays an American reporter trying to get the scoop on this guy, when he sees a pattern emerge that every country this Official visits as a good will ambassador for Hitler,Hitler soon invades that country.
Spies, intrigue, romance/comedy, suspense ensues!
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'Once Upon A Honeymoon' would almost be as reviled as DW Griffith's 'Birth Of A Nation' if it hadn't been swept under the carpet by an embarrassed posterity. Dubbed an unintentional 'Springtime for Hitler', the film follows reporter Cary Grant's attempt to persuade social-climbing showgirl Ginger Rogers that her aristocratic husband Walter Slezak is Hitler's right-hand man, paving the way for the Fuhrer's invasions. The complaint is not just that 1942 wasn't the best time for a comedy about the Nazis, but that the subject matter - Hitler's march through Europe and the systematic destruction of democratic governments; the assassination of patriots; the Jewish death camps - are never appropriate subjects for comedy. The concentration camp sequence is especially notorious, with a well-dressed and well-fed Grant and Rogers mistaken for Jews, forced to lie in a beautiful-looking wasteland where traditional Jewish laments are beautifully sung, while they wait for the American consul to rescue them. You know, THOSE concentration camps (in fairness, what other Hollywood film of the period even acknowledged their existence?).
These typically myopic judgements of the politically correct obscure the real interest of this film. As a romantic comedy, the film disapppoints, especially with these talents - the lines and situations are never funny in the way Lubitsch's similarly taste-dodging masterpiece 'To Be Or Not To Be' is - it's up to the stars' immense charm to keep you going, and their interaction, all moues and double takes, becomes extremely affecting. They guide us into the strangeness of the film, its genuinely shocking mix of moods.
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