Hawaii Calls (March 11, 1938)

Bobby Breen in Hawaii Calls
 

Released on March 11, 1938: (running time 63 minutes) Bobby Breen sings his way to Hawaii where he encounters foreign spies and more reasons to sing.

Produced by Sol Lesser

Directed by Edward F. Cline

The Actors: Bobby Breen (Billy Coulter), Ned Sparks (Strings), Irvin S. Cobb (Captain O'Hare), Gloria Holden (Mrs. Milburn), Warren Hull (Commander Milburn), Mamo Clark (Hina), Raymond Paige (himself, orchestra leader), Aggie Auld (hula dancer), Cy Kendall (Hawaiian Policeman), Herbert Rawlinson (Mr. Harlow), William Harrigan (Blake), Juanita Quigley (Doris Milburn), Pua Lani (Pua), Dora Clement (Mrs. Harlow), Donald Kirke (Regon), Philip Ahn (Julius), Ward Bond (Muller), William Abbey (Lonzo), Birdie De Bolt (Aunty Pinau), Laurence Duran (Banana), Ruben Duran (Ka-ne), Ruben Maldonado (Solly), Jerry Mandy (taxi driver), Uilani Silva (hula dancer)

 

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The Happy Actor with the Ten Thousand Dollar Frown

This adventure is about two young boys who are stowaways on a ship headed for Hawaii, but first, let me tell you about a sixteen-year-old runaway from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Edward Arthur Sparkman left home when he was sixteen, heading west to the Klondike area of the Canadian Yukon in search of gold, but it would be several years later, on a Broadway stage that he struck gold.

Ned Sparks had a part as a desk clerk in the Broadway show “Little Miss Brown,” and the character he played could never smile, while saying sarcastic, dour, yet witty lines. That character portrayal brought him to the attention of Louis B. Mayer, and he was signed to a movie contract in Hollywood. After appearing in several silent movies, he became a popular character actor when his unique, raspy gravel voice was added to his iconic frowning face.

His facial appearance on screen was so iconic and popular that he insured his frowning face with Lloyds of London. If any photographer ever caught him smiling, it might ruin his career, and Lloyds would pay him ten thousand dollars in compensation. There is no record that anyone ever caught him on camera with anything but his trademark frown.

In this adventure, Ned is a musician with a big band headed for Hawaii to play at a hotel in Honolulu, and he discovers our two little boys hiding in a lifeboat. Ned Sparks character helps the two boys avoid the police after they are caught by the ship captain, who tries to turn them over to the police. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Birdie De Bolt
Birdie De Bolt
Birdie De Bolt and Mamo Clark
Birdie De Bolt and Mamo Clark
Bobby Breen
Bobby Breen
Bobby Breen, Philip Ahn
Bobby Breen, Philip Ahn
Bobby Breen, Pua Lani
Bobby Breen, Pua Lani
Bobby Breen
Bobby Breen
Cy Kendall
Cy Kendall
Cy Kendall, Jerry Mandy
Cy Kendall, Jerry Mandy
Cy Kendall, Mamo Clark
Cy Kendall, Mamo Clark
Donald Kirke, William Harrigan
Donald Kirke, William Harrigan
Dora Clement
Dora Clement
Dora Clement, Gloria Holden
Dora Clement, Gloria Holden
Gloria Holden
Gloria Holden
Gloria Holden
Gloria Holden
Herbert Rawlinson, Warren Hull
Herbert Rawlinson, Warren Hull
Irvin S. Cobb
Irvin S. Cobb
Irvin S. Cobb, Ward Bond
Irvin S. Cobb, Ward Bond
Irvin S. Cobb
Irvin S. Cobb
Irvin S. Cobb
Irvin S. Cobb
Jerry Mandy
Jerry Mandy
Juanita Quigley, Gloria Holden
Juanita Quigley, Gloria Holden
Laurence Duran
Laurence Duran
Laurence Duran
Laurence Duran
Mamo Clark
Mamo Clark
Mamo Clark, Cy Kendall
Mamo Clark, Cy Kendall
Mamo Clark, Ned Sparks
Mamo Clark, Ned Sparks
Mamo Clark, Ned Sparks
Mamo Clark, Ned Sparks
Mamo Clark
Mamo Clark
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks, Cy Kendall
Ned Sparks, Cy Kendall
Ned Sparks, Irvin S. Cobb
Ned Sparks, Irvin S. Cobb
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks, Pui Lani, Bobby Breen
Ned Sparks, Pui Lani, Bobby Breen
Philip Ahn
Philip Ahn
Philip Ahn, Herbert Rawlinson, Warren Hull
Philip Ahn, Herbert Rawlinson, Warren Hull
Philip Ahn
Philip Ahn
Pua Lani
Pua Lani
Pua Lani, Bobby Breen
Pua Lani, Bobby Breen
Pua Lani, Bobby Breen
Pua Lani, Bobby Breen
Pua Lani
Pua Lani
Raymond Paige
Raymond Paige
Ruben Duran
Ruben Duran
Ruben Maldonado
Ruben Maldonado
Ruben Maldonado
Ruben Maldonado
Uilani Silva
Uilani Silva
Uilani Silva
Uilani Silva
Ward Bond
Ward Bond
Ward Bond, Ned Sparks
Ward Bond, Ned Sparks
Warren Hull
Warren Hull
Warren Hull, Bobby Breen
Warren Hull, Bobby Breen
Warren Hull, Irvin S. Cobb
Warren Hull, Irvin S. Cobb
William Abbey
William Abbey
William Abbey, Philip Ahn
William Abbey, Philip Ahn
William Abbey, William Harrigan
William Abbey, William Harrigan
William Harrigan
William Harrigan
William Harrigan
William Harrigan