Panama Hattie

  • MGM, 1942, 79 minutes, **½
  • Released October, 1942

Ann Sothern is the sassy saloon keeper whose Central American bar is a haven for fighting sailors, romancing couples, and sinister spies in this filming of the Cole Porter Broadway musical. Dan Dailey, Red Skelton, Virginia O’Brien, Lena Horne also star; songs include “It Was Just One of Those Things”, “I’ve Still Got My Health”, “The Son of a Gun Who Picks on Uncle Sam”.

Opening remark: “Warning! Any resemblance between the three sailors in this story and human beings is purely accidental.”

Details

  • Produced by: Arthur Freed
  • Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
  • Screen Play by: Jack McGowan and Wilkie Mahoney
  • Based on the Play by: Herbert Fields and B. G. DeSylva,
  • Produced by B. G. DeSylva, Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
  • Musical Adaptation: Roger Edens
  • Musical Direction: Georgie Stoll
  • Musical Numbers Staged by: Vincente Minnelli
  • Dance Director: Danny Dare
  • Additional Songs by: Roger Edens, Burton Lane, E. Y. Harburg
  • Song: “At the Savoy” by Walter Donaldson
  • Vocals and Orchestrations: Leo Arnaud, George Bassman, Conrad Salinger
  • Art Director: Cedric Gibbons
  • Associate: John S. Detlie
  • Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
  • Associate: Hugh Hunt
  • Musical Presentation: Merrill Pye
  • Gowns by: Kalloch
  • Hair Styles by: Sydney Guilaroff
  • Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
  • Director of Photography: George Folsey
  • Film Editor: Blanche Sewell

Cast

  • Ann Sothern [Hattie Maloney]
  • Dan Dailey [Dick Bulliet]
  • Red Skelton [Red]
  • Marsha Hunt [Leila Tree]
  • Virginia O’Brien [Flo Foster
  • Cigarette Girl]
  • Rags Ragland [Rags]
  • Alan Mowbray [Jay Perkins Butler]
  • Ben Blue [Howdy]
  • Jackie Horner [Geraldine “Gerry” Bulliet
  • Dick’s daughter]
  • Carl Esmond [Lucas Kefler]
  • Pierre Watkin [Admiral Tree]
  • Stanley Andrews [Colonel John Briggs]
  • George Watts [Mac the Bartender]
  • Lucien Prival [Hans]
  • Joe Yule [Waiter]
  • Duke York [Bruno]
  • Fred Graham [Naval Policeman]
  • Roger Moore [Spy]
  • Max Wagner [Guard]
  • Grant Withers [Shore Patrol]
  • Zedra Conde
  • Carmen Amaya
  • Carmen Morales [Local Girls in “Good Neighbors” Number]
  • Lena Horne [Specialty]
  • The Berry Brothers [Themselves]
  • The Music Maids [Vocals]
  • Six Hits and a Miss [Vocals]
  • Carmen Amaya Dancers [Themselves]

Musical Program

  • [0:01] Hattie from Panama (sung and danced by Mixed Chorus including Six Hits and a Miss, The Music Maids and The Carmen Amaya Dancers)
  • [0:03] I’ve Still Got My Health (sung and danced by Ann Sothern)
  • [0:06] Berry Me Not (instrumental danced by The Berry Brothers)
  • [0:18] Just One of Those Things (sung by Lena Horne)
  • [0:26] Fresh As a Daisy (sung by Virginia O’Brien with a little help from Red Skelton, Rags Ragland and Ben Blue)
  • [0:31] Good Neighbors (sung and danced by Red Skelton, Rags Ragland, Ben Blue, Zedra Conde, Carmen Amaya, Carmen Morales, joined by Chorus)
  • [0:38] Let’s Be Buddies (sung by Ann Sothern with Jackie Horner and Virginia O’Brien with Alan Mowbray)
  • [1:06] Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here (excerpt played by Marching Band)
  • [1:08] (Did I Get Stinkin’) At the Savoy (sung by Virginia O’Brien)
  • [1:11] The Spring (sung and danced by Lena Horne and The Berry Brothers)
  • [1:18] Finale: The Son of a Gun Who Picks on Uncle Sam (sung by the Company)