The Heavenly Body (1944)

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


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

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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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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 4, 1945 with William Powell reprising his film role. See more »


At one point Professor Stowe refers to Whitley as "Whitney". See more »


Nancy Potter: You talk as if astrology is something to be ashamed of, like witchcraft or being a Democrat.
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References Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt (1940) See more »


The Volga Boatman
In the score during the Russian sequence
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Great Chemistry
6 July 2002 | by (Colorado Springs, CO) – See all my reviews

This delightful film works well because of the perfect combination of William Powell and Hedy Lamarr. It's a classic screwball romantic comedy -- silly, fluffy, hilarious. Stunningly beautiful Hedy Lamarr (who was actually a serious intellect offscreen) is surprisingly convincing as a ditz who is blithely unaware of the effect her obsession with astrology is having on her long-suffering professor/astronomer husband (Powell). If this were real life, you'd want to throttle her -- but that's a lot of the humor here. Powell puts across just the right amount of loving good humor mixed with near-homicidal frustration. There are some cute surprises along the way, and lots of recognizable character actors rounding out the cast. While the script falls short of the witty dialogue you'll find in comedies like The Palm Beach Story and Bringing Up Baby, it's still a fun trip down memory lane.

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