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Eternally Yours (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 18 January 1940 (Argentina)
Anita Halstead, swept off her feet by magician Arturo, finds the results less than magical.

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Tony aka The Great Arturo
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Aunt Abby
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Gramps aka Bishop Peabody
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Mr. Harley Bingham
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Mrs. Cary Bingham
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Don Burns
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Lola De Vere
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Gloria
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Mr. Morrisey
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Anita, engaged to solid Don Barnes, is swept off her feet by magician Arturo. Before you can say presto, she's his wife and stage assistant on a world tour that seems never to end. Anita is mildly annoyed by Arturo's constant flirtations, but his death-defying stunts give her nightmares. As for her plan to retire in a farmhouse, forget it. Finally, she's had enough and disappears for real... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She lived at the edge of life - with out-stretched arms . . . too short to reach it! Romance - a baffling reality.

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18 January 1940 (Argentina)  »

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Eternamente tuya  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger films re-released theatrically in the 1940s by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in New York City on WCBS Saturday 15 April 1950. See more »

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Anita Halstead: What if the parachute didn't open?
Tony Halstead: Darling, all parachutes are guaranteed to open. If it doesn't, they give you a new one.
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ETERNALLY YOURS
Music by Werner Janssen
Lyrics L. Wolfe Gilbert
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Niven and Young in a light comedy
17 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

David Niven and Loretta Young pledge to be "Eternally Yours" in this 1939 film also featuring Hugh Herbert, C. Aubrey Smith, Broderick Crawford, Eve Arden, Zasu Pitts, and Billie Burke.

Young plays Anita, who is engaged to Don (Crawford); however, she attends a performance by The Great Arturo (Niven), a Houdini-type who also reads minds and palms, and it's love at first sight for both of them. They marry, and she becomes part of his act, traveling full time all over the world.

Anita is hoping to settle down with Arturo and have a home and family. With the help of her grandfather (C. Aubrey Smith) she secretly builds her dream home. When she shows it to Arturo, he dismisses it. She leaves him, divorces him, and marries Don.

Light comedy with a charming cast. Young is beautiful, 26 at the time, and she and Niven work well together, as they did in one of my favorite movies, The Bishop's Wife.

People commented that this is a horrible plot, bad script, etc. It seemed pretty typical to me of the type of comedy done back then, no better, no worse.

David Niven was a remarkable man who died an awful death from ALS. An accomplished writer as well as actor, he was a gentleman through and through. When he died, the porters at Heathrow sent a wreath that said, 'To the finest gentleman who ever walked through these halls. He made a porter feel like a king'.


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