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Moon Over Miami (1941)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  4 July 1941 (USA)
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Sisters Kay and Barbara arrive in Miami from Texas looking for rich husbands.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil O'Neil (Credits) / Phil 'Mac' McNeil (in Film)
Kathryn 'Kay' Latimer, also called Miss Adams
Barbara Latimer, aka Miss Sears
Jack O'Hara
Charlotte Greenwood ...
Aunt Susan 'Sue' Latimer
Cobina Wright ...
Connie Fentress (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
Lynne Roberts ...
Jennie May
Robert Conway ...
Mr. Lester
George Lessey ...
William 'Willie' Boulton
Jack Cole & Co. ...
Specialty Act
Robert Greig ...
Brearley, Boulton's Butler
Minor Watson ...
Mr. Jim Reynolds
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Mr. Pretto, the Hotel Manager
George Humbert ...
Texas Tommy Cafe Proprietor


Kay, Barbara and Susan Latimer come into a small legacy when they expected a large one, then abandon the Texas greasy-spoon where they work to hunt in Miami for rich husbands, said to be plentiful there. Barbara and Susan posing as the secretary and maid of "wealthy" Kay, they check into a posh hotel, and soon Kay is in the delightful predicament of being pursued by two handsome, wealthy bachelors at once. But Musical Comedy Complications arise... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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ONE WEEK TO CATCH AND MARRY A MILLIONAIRE! (orginal print ad-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

4 July 1941 (USA)  »

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Moon Over Miami  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joan Davis was cast in early March 1941, but was eventually replaced by Carole Landis. See more »


When Susan hands Jack a jar of her famous guacamole sauce, the contents of jar are bright red - not green, as an avocado-based sauce would actually be. See more »


Phil O'Neil: Let's see, what do we want? We want you, the juice of the grape and a good hot dance band.
Jeffrey Bolton: But right now we'll settle for those potato chips and cheese.
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Referenced in Halfway to Haugesund (1997) See more »


Kindergarten Conga
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Contains traditional nursery songs "Ring Around the Rosey" and "London Bridge is Falling Down"
Sung by Betty Grable
Danced to by Hermes Pan, Betty Grable and chorus
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Shopworn plot but Grable, Ameche and Cummings in top form...
15 January 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Fox believed in remakes and this one was used again in THREE LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE and HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE--three girls in search of a millionaire husband. While the plot is a flimsy one, it does give Betty Grable fans a chance to glimpse her in a fluffy technicolor musical (with location photography in Florida), engaged in romantic shenanigans with two leading men (Don Ameche and Robert Cummings), and supported by pros like Jack Haley, Charlotte Greenwood, Carole Landis and Minor Watson.

It's a typical Fox musical made to order for Grable fans and photographed in some scenic Florida locales serving as Miami. Robert Cummings and Don Ameche are impeccably clad and flashing the kind of smiles that belong in a toothpaste ad--thus serving as perfect foils for Betty's curvaceous blonde charms.

Some of the specialty numbers are good--especially those by the Condo Brothers--and Betty herself gets to do a couple of sprightly tap dance routines. None of the music is memorable but it's easy to see why Grable was so popular at the box-office in escapist films of this nature at a time when war weary audiences craved this kind of entertainment at the start of World War II. Her modest talents are on full display here--and Ameche and Cummings show that they had a definite flair for this kind of romantic comedy--especially Cummings who was always better in lighter assignments as opposed to dramatic roles--contrary to what another commentator says.

Carole Landis can do little with her role as Betty's sister (posing as her maid). She is very prettily photographed but walks through the role in an aloof manner that makes her almost invisible.

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