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Garden of the Moon (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 1 October 1938 (USA)
John Quinn is the ruthless manager of the night club Garden of the Moon. He has booked Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees for a season as his band, but due to a car accident Vallee can't... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Lornay
Mary Stanton
Miss Calder
Rick Fulton
Angus McGillicuddy
Edward McWade ...
Peter McGillicuddy
Larry Williams ...
Ray Mayer ...


John Quinn is the ruthless manager of the night club Garden of the Moon. He has booked Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees for a season as his band, but due to a car accident Vallee can't work for a while, Quinn's secretary Toni Blake is only able to get the unknown band of Don Vincente. Quinn makes it clear to Vincente, that he has only to work for a fortneight, untill Valle is able to work. Vincente doesn't like the way of Quinn handling his personal and they start their small private war against each other. Vincente falls in love with Toni Blake, and when Vincente becomes famous, inspite of Quinn's trials to make a fool out of him and gets an offer for a radio programm, he gladly accepts. But Toni Blake don't want to leave her job in the Garden of the Moon, so Quinn starts his game to get Vincente back. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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1 October 1938 (USA)  »

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No Mundo da Lua  »

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According to 'Ronnie Defore', who maintains a fan website on his father at www.defore.net, Don DeFore' appeared uncredited in this film. See more »


Don Vincente: Now, look fellas, I want to break this to you gently, so hang on tight. We're booked in the Garden of the Moon, Los Angeles. You realize what this means? No more Brooklyn weddings. No more beer joints. No more Chop Suey dives. From now on we work every night and we get paid every week. Fellas, this is it!
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The Lady on the Two Cent Stamp
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin and Johnny Mercer
Sung by John Payne, Jerry Colonna, Johnnie Davis, Ray Mayer,
Joe Venuti and chorus
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John Payne gets an early break in GARDEN OF THE MOON...
11 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This little known musical comedy, very minor league in every department, gave JOHN PAYNE the kind of break that led to a seven-year contract at Fox after they saw him as the brash band leader/singer in this modest programmer.

The band sequences are directed with a certain flair and flourish, thanks to director Busby Berkeley, despite the fact that this time there's no fancy choreography for him to work into the routines. And among the musicians is comic JERRY COLONNA, better known later on as Bob Hope's favorite comic foil.

But PAT O'BRIEN is the star and he overacts his blustery, fast-talking nightclub manager, chewing on a cigar, in the fashion that most Warner comedies of the period thought was stylish. He plays it in broad, farcical style but gets a little overbearing for my taste, while Payne seems almost low-key by comparison. MARGARET LINDSAY is the pretty lady serving as Payne's romantic interest and is more animated than usual.

It's not a bad little musical, but most of the songs are high forgettable items except for the "Whirling Dervish" number and serve only to give the story more bounce than it normally would have.

Passes the time pleasantly enough, but is nothing anyone should go out of their way to see. At least JOHN PAYNE's fans get a glimpse of why he got signed to a Fox contract.

CURT BOIS adds an amusing touch as a phony Maharahjah whom MELVILLE COOPER realizes is a waiter who had trouble with champagne corks and used to pinch a pocket or two in his old job as a waiter. Amusing fluff.

Trivia note: JIMMY FIDLER, famous Hollywood columnist of the period, makes a brisk appearance in a supporting role and isn't bad at all.

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