Ma & Pa Kettle at Waikiki: [1955 - Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Hilo Hattie - black & white - 82 minutes] When their cousin becomes ill in Honolulu, the hillbilly Kettles sail to Hawaii to take over the pineapple operation. Pa causes hilarious havoc at the cannery, is kidnapped by competitors, and taken to a "deserted" island. Searching for Pa, Ma runs into their Hawaiian-style counterparts on the island and gets some lessons in doing things the Hawaiian way. Fun luau scenes and Hilo Hattie dances the Kaleponi Hula. "Alo-ha-ha!"
[1936 - black&white - 233 minutes] Ray Mala is "all hero" in the 14-chapter Republic serial Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island. The star plays a character also named Mala, a Polynesian native and U.S. Intelligence agent. Mala is dispatched to Clipper Island to prove that the huge dirigible San Francisco was destroyed by saboteurs (the destruction of the big blimp is culled from library footage of the Hindenburg disaster). Accompanied by his faithful dog Buck and human assistant Hank (William Newell), Mala discovers that a nest of enemy spies are operating on the island, with the electronic technology to control volcanic eruptions and keep the natives in thrall. Convincing the lovely Princess Melani (Mamo Clark) that he's one of the good guys, Mala manages not only to thwart the spies, but to also prevent a takeover by despotic high priest Porotu (John Piccori).