Paradise Hawaiin Style – Rick Richards is a helicopter pilot who wants to set up a charter flying service in Hawaii — along the way he makes some friends, including a young Hawaiian girl and her father, romances Judy Hudson, and sings a few songs.
An engaging video postcard of Kauai
Paradise Hawaiian Style But that’s about it. I would have to agree with most of the posters that this is not Elvis’s best Hawaii flick, but it sure shows off Kauai in all its tropical beauty. It can’t be denied that the plot lines of the typical Elvis movie are rarely very deep, and this one is no different. But I still find entertainment in all of them. Even “Paradise, Hawaiian Style.” As an avid enthusiast of Hawaii, traveling there every year when time allows, I tend to like Elvis movies filmed in Hawaii more than the others. I would have loved to have visited Hawaii in the days of “Blue Hawaii” and “Paradise, Hawaiian Style,” and it’s cool to see what it looked like in those days. The Polynesian Cultural Center especially. This movie may not be the best Elvis had to offer, but it showcases Kauai in all its amazing beauty. It may be a little silly in its plot line, but it’s still fun.
“The Kid is Stealing the Picture…”
Paradise Hawaiian Style A classic Elvis formula escapade. Producer Hal Wallis, with whom Elvis and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had a non-exclusive contract, had publicly admitted, around the time of Roustabout (1964), that he was skimming the reliable profits from his Elvis pictures to fund what he considered more serious artistic endeavours. Elvis himself, by all accounts, remained consistently well-mannered, cooperative, and thoroughly professional, in spite of his own career frustrations. He deserved better.
Having said that, Paradise, Hawaiian Style, a nice, enjoyable and undemanding film, in great colour, and with fantastic scenery. In places, it seems to be more of a star vehicle for the talented child actor and singer, Donna Butterworth, with Elvis consigned to a supporting role. I wonder what Colonel Parker made of that?
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