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Elvis Presley Movies

Paradise, Hawaiian Style

Paradise, Hawaiian Style, Elvis Presley’s third film based in Hawaii, features the singer as Greg "Rick" Richards, a helicopter pilot who starts a charter service with his friend Danny, played by James Shigeta. Rick has coaxed three beautiful women employed at various tourist-related businesses around the Islands to steer customers to their helicopter service. Covering the office is beautiful Judy Hudson, played by Suzanna Leigh, whom Rick and Danny call "Friday." Danny fears that Rick will not be able to resist Judy so he tells the island Romeo that their girl "Friday" is married.

A misunderstanding involving a forced helicopter landing results in Rick having his license temporarily suspended. Under orders from the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) not to fly, Rick risks his license to rescue Danny and his daughter from a deserted island. The FAA understands the mitigating circumstances surrounding Rick’s decision and assures him he will be able to fly again. In the meantime, Rick discovers that Judy is not married, and the two embark on romance.

Elvis in Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Elvis reprises a dramatic rendition of "Drums of the Islands"
during the colorful finale.

Behind the Scenes of Paradise, Hawaiian Style

Elvis became notorious for romancing the female costars of his films. From Tuesday Weld and Ann-Margret to such lesser-known starlets as Yvonne Craig and Joan O’Brien, Elvis often swept his costars off their feet both on the screen and off. One actress who was not impressed with Elvis, either professionally or personally, was Marianna Hill, who gained attention as Elvis’s partner in the "Scratch My Back" number from Paradise, Hawaiian Style.

According to press interviews at the time, Hill was annoyed with members of Elvis’ management team who kept asking the skeptical actress, "Hasn’t Elvis got talent?" Always honest but diplomatic, Hill managed to reply that she thought he was "a show business phenomenon." When asked if she would date Elvis, she replied, "No," citing the singer’s ever-present staff of bodyguards and pals as a bit odd.

Cast of Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Greg "Rick" Richards Elvis Presley
Judy Hudson
Suzanna Leigh
Danny Kohana
James Shigeta
Jan Kohana
Donna Butterworth
Lani KaimanaMarianna Hill
Irene Tsu
Lehua KawenaLinda Wong
Julie Parrish
Betty Kohana
Jan Shepard
Donald Belden
John Doucette
Moke KaimanaPhilip Ahn
Mr. Cubberson
Grady Sutton
Andy Lowell
Dan Collier
Mrs. Daisy Barrington
Doris Packer
Mrs. Belden
Mary Treen
Gi Gi Verone
Edy Williams
Red West

Songs Featured in Paradise, Hawaiian Style

  • Paradise, Hawaiian Style
  • Queenie Wahini’s Papaya
  • Scratch My Back (Then I’ll Scratch Yours)
  • Drums of the Islands
  • A Dog’s Life
  • Datin’
  • House of Sand
  • Stop Where You Are
  • This Is My Heaven
  • Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home (sung by Butterworth’s character)

Credits for Paradise, Hawaiian Style

  • Paramount Pictures
  • Produced by Hal B. Wallis
  • Directed by Michael Moore
  • Screenplay by Allan Weiss and Anthony Lawrence
  • Photographed in Technicolor by W. Wallace Kelley
  • Music by Joseph J. Lilley
  • Vocal accompaniment by The Jordanaires
  • Released July 6, 1966
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