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Over the Moon (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 29 March 1940 (USA)
Young Jane Benson just about manages to make ends meet running the large family house in Yorkshire. In love with local doctor Freddie Jarvis, she suggests they marry, but almost at once ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Freddie Jarvis
The Unknown Man
Louis Borel ...
Zena Dare ...
Peter Haddon ...
Lord Petcliffe
David Tree ...
Mackenzie Ward ...
Elisabeth Welch ...
Cabaret Singer (as Elizabeth Welch)
Carl Jaffe ...
Herbert Lomas ...
Wilfred Shine ...
Gerald Nodin ...
Bruce Winston ...
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Young Jane Benson just about manages to make ends meet running the large family house in Yorkshire. In love with local doctor Freddie Jarvis, she suggests they marry, but almost at once finds she has inherited eighteen million pounds. He makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the money and what it can buy, and Jane sets off alone on a spree pursued by two ardent suitors. Jarvis finds he has gained notoriety for turning down such a catch and his plans for ernest research are soon compromised. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

29 March 1940 (USA)  »

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A nagy kaland  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Alexander Korda hatched the film as a showcase for his then lady love, Merle Oberon. See more »


Although a newspaper headline states that Jane became a millionairess at the age of 18, she later says that she had to wait until she was 21 to inherit her grandfather's fortune. See more »


Featured in The Trouble with Merle (2002) See more »


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Music by Mischa Spoliansky (as Michael Spoliansky)
Lyrics by Leslie Julian Jones (uncredited)
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Merle Gets a Make-Over
12 May 2015 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In a small Yorkshire village, girlish Merle Oberon (as Jane Benson) tends to her bedridden grandfather. His country doctor, young Rex Harrison (as Freddie Jarvis), seems more interested in checking Ms. Oberon's heartbeat. Their pulses rise and a marriage is considered. Suddenly, Oberon inherits 18,000,000 pounds, courtesy of her penny-pinching grandfather. That should be happy news, but Oberon reacts with a perplexed look. After the riches sink in, she decides to join high society in London, Monte Carlo and Nice. Initially along for the ride, Mr. Harrison becomes bored with fancy cars, parties and glitter. Harrison leaves. Oberon parties on, but something is missing...

This film meanders along clumsily. It appears disjointed, and Oberon often looks less than her beautiful self. One reason for this is the fact that "Over the Moon" jumped around three production years. It was begun in 1937 and completed in 1939. Although Oberon had yet to appear in the classic "Wuthering Heights" (1939), she was already an established star, having received an "Academy Award" nomination for "The Dark Angel" (1935). Herein, it appears that filmmakers are still searching for the proper way to photograph Oberon. This may be due to the fact that "Over the Moon" was filmed in color. Some of the camera angles, lighting and takes used are not flattering.

*** Over the Moon (2/12/39) Thornton Freeland ~ Merle Oberon, Rex Harrison, Ursula Jeans, Robert Douglas

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