PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE
1966, Paramount, 91 min, USA, Dir: Michael D. Moore

Elvis Presley makes his final big-screen visit to our 50th state in this music-filled comedy. Presley stars as Rick Richards, a freewheeling former airline pilot who starts a charter helicopter business on Kauai with buddy James Shigeta. Whether shot from the air or the ground, the island visuals are stunning; adding to the fun are co-stars Suzanna Leigh, Marianne Hill and 10-year-old scene-stealer Donna Butterworth, who duets with Elvis on a couple of songs.


FLOWER DRUM SONG
1961, IDP Films, 133 min, USA, Dir: Henry Koster

In this adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) arrives in San Francisco for an arranged marriage, but husband-to-be Sammy Fong (Jack Soo) is more interested in Linda Low (Nancy Kwan), a singer at his nightclub. While their parents feel bound by tradition, Mei Li and Sammy would prefer to follow their hearts - something that becomes easier to do when it turns out that another young man (James Shigeta) also is looking for a bride. Features choreography by Hermes Pan and such memorable songs as “I Enjoy Being a Girl.”


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