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Eternally Yours (1939)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  9 March 1940 (Sweden)
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Anita Halstead, swept off her feet by magician Arturo, finds the results less than magical.

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Complete credited cast:
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Anita Halstead
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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
Raymond Walburn ...
Mr. Harley Bingham
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Mrs. Cary Bingham
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Don Burns
Virginia Field ...
Lola De Vere
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Gloria
Ralph Graves ...
Mr. Morrisey
Lionel Pape ...
Mr. Howard
Fred Keating ...
Master of Ceremonies
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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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Comedy | Drama

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9 March 1940 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Aionia diki sou  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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At "Croydon" Niven jumps out of a Stinson Model A, and at New York a Ford Tri-motor. 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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Opening credits are shown on sheets of stationery, through which someone seems to be flipping. See more »

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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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That Debonair Charm
2 April 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If there was ever one thing every one could agree about David Niven is he had no small amount of debonair charm. It got him through many a film when the role required little else. I would say that is the case in Eternally Yours.

Loretta Young, granddaughter of Episcopalian minister C. Aubrey Smith, meets and falls in love with a magician. That would be David Niven. But he's more than a magician, he's the current Houdini wannabe who has skill as a hypnotist and an escape artist.

Niven likes the life of a traveling entertainer, but Loretta wants to settle down with a home. After a death defying leap from a plane when he's handcuffed behind him, Young can't deal with the tension any more and she leaves him. He finds he can't go on without her, but she ups and divorces him and marries Broderick Crawford.

Of course the rest of the film is about Niven winning Young back in the best tradition of Cary Grant who may very well have been offered this part before Niven. Loretta is certainly worth winning back. I'm betting that Ralph Bellamy turned down the Ralph Bellamy part so Broderick Crawford was cast. Niven enjoys tweaking him in this film, but I'm not sure why unlike Bellamy who was usually a well meaning goof, Crawford didn't just punch him out.

The climax takes place at the 1939 World's Fair and you might want to see Eternally Yours for some nostalgia footage of that event. But it is a film that really does get by on the charm of its leads.


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