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The Heavenly Body (1944)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  April 1944 (USA)
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The beautiful wife of a tweedy astronomer becomes convinced that her astrologer's prediction of a new dream man in her life will come true.

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(story) (as Jacques Thery) , (adaptation), 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Vicky Whitley
James Craig ...
Lloyd X. Hunter
Fay Bainter ...
Margaret Sibyll
Henry O'Neill ...
Prof. Stowe
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Nancy Potter
Robert Sully ...
Strand
Morris Ankrum ...
Dr. Green
Franco Corsaro ...
Sebastian Melas - Violinist
Connie Gilchrist ...
Beulah - 'Delia Murphy'
Max Willenz ...
Dr.Gurtchakoff
Alex Melesh ...
Vladimir
Earl Schenck ...
Forbes
Arthur Space ...
Pierson
Helen Freeman ...
Stella
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Storyline

Astronomer Bill Whitley is so preoccupied with the new comet he's discovered that his time at the observatory sometimes comes at the expense of his beautiful wife, Vicky. When the neglected spouse becomes influenced by an eccentric neighbor into believing in the power of astrology, she subscribes to a weekly horoscope from a phony seer, the appropriately named Margaret Sybill. When the beautiful Mrs. Whitley reads that a new dream man will be coming soon into her life, she assumes he's taken the form of Lloyd Hunter, a handsome and dashing foreign correspondent who doubles as the neighborhood air raid warden. A frantic Bill realizes that he's going to have to keep closer track of his earthbound heavenly body if he's going to keep the prediction from becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Taglines:

By JUPITER, WHAT A STARRY-EYED ROMANCE THIS IS! (All caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

April 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crepi l'astrologo  »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Alexander Hall was borrowed from Columbia but had to leave to direct Once Upon a Time (1944) before this production was finished filming. Vincente Minnelli took over as director for the last 3 weeks of production, which may account for so many of the listed actors being cut from the final print. See more »

Goofs

Connie Gilchrist is credited on-screen as "Beulah", but she is called "Delia Murphy". See more »

Quotes

Vicky Whitley: How did you live? How did you eat?
William S. Whitley: I shot my food.
Vicky Whitley: Quail?
[Sound of tally-ho bugle is heard on the soundtrack]
William S. Whitley: Soup!
[He indicates a pile of tin cans]
William S. Whitley: Noodle soup!
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Connections

References Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The Volga Boatman
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Traditional
In the score during the Russian sequence
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Brilliant Powell Makes This A Winner
18 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

I usually avoid watching movies that get less than a 3-star rating on the Turner Classic Movies channel but maybe I should reevaluate that policy because - being a big William Powell fan and an admirer of Hedy Lamarr - I decided to watch this movie, having never seen it. Glad I did. Yes, it's got its silly side - but so do many comedies. What's really significant is that it features William Powell at his comedic best, with many brilliant creative and hilarious scenes you just have to see and enjoy. Though this is a flawed movie, it is nonetheless engaging and highly entertaining due to Powell's ability to conjure up some of the most ingenious funny scenes ever. Though Hedy Lamarr is a ditz here and not necessarily the kind of character most men would want as a wife (being quixotic and ruled by astrologers), there are in fact women like this (I was married to one) and so even her part rings true to those of us who've "been there." So...silly but not so silly. Yet...really really funny! And you don't have to be a William Powell fan to like this one. Enjoy! (You will!)


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