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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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Benton
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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
Lionel Pape ...
Mr. Howard
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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 »

Quotes

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
Sung behind credits by unknown male singer
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Pleasing and Charming, David Niven Carries it Home
1 June 2010 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this on an AMC DVD. It was not a very good print. Most scenes looked somewhat muddy. I hope someone releases a better print someday.

There is a lot of talent in bit parts here: Billie Burke, Eve Arden, Hugh Herbert, Zasu Pitts, and Broderick Crawford each contribute a few minutes of pleasantness.

I wasn't all that impressed with Loretta Young. She was fine, but I didn't see anything special that she brought to her role. On the other hand, David Niven was quite impressive. He brought just the right tone of bravado and cool to his part of a dare devil magician.

James Bond writer, Ian Flemming, wanted David Niven to play James Bond. You can see why from this film. He is handsome and suave in the Cary Grant manner, but he's also sly and intense. When he does a handcuffed falling out of a plane stunt, one really feels his fright and nervousness.

Niven did end up playing James Bond in the spoof "Casino Royale" (1967), but by that time he was about ten years too old for the part.

The movie jumps a bit. It looks like they edited out a number of scenes. Still, it is fast paced, clever and surprising. I recommend it, but I hope they come out with a better print.


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