Betty grable sing me a song of the islands with lyrics
Jeff Harper sails to the tropical paradise Ahmi-Oni with his sidekick Rusty. He is there on behalf of his father to bargain for land with Dennis O'Brien. Jeff however falls in love with O'Brien's daughter Eileen and it is then up to Jeff's father to go to the island and try to break them up. A task easier said than done because Jeff's father also falls under the spell of the beautiful splendor of the islands.
Betty Grable as Eileen O'Brien
Victor Mature as Jeff Harper
Jack Oakie as Rusty Smith
Thomas Mitchell as Dennis O'Brien
George Barbier as Jefferson Harper Sr.
Hilo Hattie as Palola
Billy Gilbert as Palola's father
Lillian Porter as Paulani
Uncredited actors include Filipino Hollywood actor Rudy Robles as "Akomi", the native boy.
Betty Grable had recently scored major hits with her leading roles for Fox. Films such as Down Argentine Way and Tin Pan Alley both in 1940 as well as Moon Over Miami, A Yank in the RAF and I Wake Up Screaming all in 1941. After the success of Song of the Islands, Fox realized they had a gold mine on their hands and kept lavishing Grable with Technicolor musicals and an increasing salary.
Her co star was meant to be John Payne but he dropped out so he could make To the Shore of Tripoli and was replaced by Victor Mature. Mature had to drop out of Highway to Hell and was replaced by Cesar Romero. Filming began on 20 October 1941.
In the 1979 film Yanks, set during World War II, there is a larger poster of the film on the wall.