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The Heavenly Body (1944)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | April 1944 (USA)
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) | 2 more credits »
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Lloyd X. Hunter
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Margaret Sibyll
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Prof. Stowe
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Strand
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Dr. Green
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Sebastian Melas - Violinist
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Beulah - 'Delia Murphy'
Max Willenz ...
Dr.Gurtchakoff
Alex Melesh ...
Vladimir
Earl Schenck ...
Forbes
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Pierson
Helen Freeman ...
Stella
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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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There's something new under the moon! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

April 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crepi l'astrologo  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The working title of this film was "The Stars Can Wait". See more »

Goofs

At one point Professor Stowe refers to Whitley as "Whitney". 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over the various signs of the zodiac. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung a cappella by an unidentified singer
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The stars
1 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Heavenly Body", which was shown on cable recently, is one of those forgotten MGM comedies of the forties that had a lot style and showed a great promise based on the people involved. As directed by Alexander Hall, the movie capitalizes on the talented William Powell and the beautiful Hedy Lamarr, perhaps one of the most beautiful women in the movies of that era.

The comedy seems to be a struggle between sciences that even though sound similar, are completely opposite. William Whitley is an astrologer married to the gorgeous Vicky. They appear happy together, that is, until Nancy Potter, a neighbor, interests her in astronomy. The good natured Vicky falls prey to horoscopes and charts that take her interest away from her husband, who has made an important discovery in a comet that will be crashing on the moon.

Things get complicated when journalist LLoyd Hunter enters the picture and falls for Vicky. William feels neglected and wants to get Vicky to realize what's important and what's not, so he takes matters into his own hands and has a confrontation with the astrologer Ms. Sybill. Right after that, Vicky realizes how much William loves her and leaves all the predictions aside.

William Powell was an actor with a lot of charm. He was wonderful playing comedies, as he shows here. It's easy to see how he would be good next to Ms. Lamarr, who shows good chemistry with her co-star. In supporting roles we see a lot of the best character actors of the time, James Craig, Spring Byington, Fay Banter, Henry O'Neill, among others.

See the film as curiosity piece.


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