Thursday, Dec. 31, 1942
Not my parents’ honeymoon, but a heavily-advertised RKO movie starring Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, and Walter Slezak. “Once Upon A Honeymoon,” one of many movies competing for a New Year’s Eve audience, is what we might today call a rom-com set against the background of the Nazi invasion of Poland. Turner Classic Movie’s synopsis: a radio correspondent tries to rescue a burlesque queen from her marriage to a Nazi official. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording. Watch the trailer and enjoy the way Rogers switches from a proper British accent to an exaggerated American accent.
Not to your taste but still want to see Cary Grant? Try “Gunga Din” with Grant, Joan Fontaine, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, and Victor MacLaglen. The Balaban and Katz Theaters featured Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour in “Road to Morocco” as well as Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan in “George Washington Slept Here.” More serious were George Sanders and Robert Marshal in “The Moon and Sixpence.” The Tivoli had Rosalind Russell and Janet Blair in “My Sister Eileen”; Southtown had Abbott and Costello in “Who Done It” plus Mickey Rooney in “A Yank at Eton.” No need to stay home despite the freezing weather.