Honeymoon (1947 film)

Honeymoon is a 1947 comedy film directed by William Keighley, starring Shirley Temple, Guy Madison and Franchot Tone.

Directed byWilliam Keighley
Produced byWarren Duff
Written byVicki Baum
Screenplay byBess Taffel
Michael Kanin
StarringShirley Temple
Franchot Tone
Guy Madison
Music byLeigh Harline
CinematographyEdward Cronjager
Edited byRalph Dawson
William Keighley Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • May 17, 1947 (1947-05-17) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
74 min.


Barbara (Shirley Temple), the sweetheart of a GI corporal, Phil (Guy Madison), elope to Mexico City. Barbara discovers that her boy friend, stationed in the Panama Canal Zone, not only has his flight delayed but the two become trapped in bureaucratic red tape, including the need for a doctor's certificate, and may not have their wedding before he has to return to his military base.[3] The US Embassy Vice Consul (Franchot Tone) goes to great lengths to intervene and help the young lovers, but frequent misunderstandings jeopardise his own upcoming marriage, including when Barbara's diving accident in a pool makes her want to pursue him instead.


RKO originally planned to obtain the three stars of Since You Went Away from David O. Selznick, however Joseph Cotten refused the role played in the film by Franchot Tone. Production in 1945 Mexico City was delayed by a strike[4].

The film was William Keighley's first film after his World War II service with the First Motion Picture Unit and after he finished his tenure at Warner Bros..



According to Variety, the film earned less than $1 million at the box office.[5]

The film recorded a loss of $675,000.[2]


  1. "Honeymoon: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  2. Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p. 220
  3. Honeymoon Archived 2009-12-13 at the Wayback Machine, allmovie.com
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-09-08. Retrieved 2018-09-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Variety 7 January 1948". Archived from the original on 17 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
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