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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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William S. Whitley
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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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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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April 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crepi l'astrologo  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Howard M. Mitchell (Nicholas), Jacqueline Miller (W.U. Girl), Ralph Sanford (Policeman), John Sheehan (Policeman), Cliff Nazarro (Milkman), Phillip Terry (Whitley's Assistant), Lloyd Ford (Ethel's Husband), Rex Evans (Photo Insert of Hermann Göring) and Bobby Watson (Photo Insert of Adolf Hitler) (W.U. Girl undoubtedly stands for Western Union Girl, but no telegrams were seen delivered). In a Hollywood Reporter news item, Arno Frey and Dudley Dickerson were listed as cast members, but they were not seen either. See more »

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

Quotes

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 »

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The Merry Widow Waltz
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Music by Franz Lehár
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An Astronomer's Wife Likes Astrology, how silly can you get?
1 May 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

William Powell does a lot ham acting and a bit of leering at The Heavenly Body of Hedy Lamarr, but in the end The Heavenly Body just ends up more silly than amusing.

Poor Bill and Hedy they did two films together, neither of them would be at the top ten of either of their list of film credits. The first was Crossroads based on an incredibly silly premise about amnesia. And try as I might I could not wrap myself around the concept that a woman who was married to an astronomer would have the slightest faith of any kind in astrology.

I also couldn't believe that Hedy would be led into it by neighbor Spring Byington who is playing one of her usual airhead characters. But when astronomer husband Powell who is excited over the discovery of a new comet on a collision course with the moon is not paying attention to her, she's gullible enough for anything.

Which includes Byington's astrologer Fay Bainter who says that Lamarr will have a new man in her life shortly whom she will marry. When new air raid warden James Craig seems to fit the bill, Lamarr kind of forces the issue with a bit of flirting.

Of course if you've got Hedy Lamarr flirting with you, Craig's no fool.

Which leaves Powell in the predicament of weaning his wife off astrology and James Craig.

The Heavenly Body does have a couple of good scenes, the highlight is Powell getting absolutely plastered on vodka and inviting the whole Russian tea room over in the spirit of the American-Soviet wartime alliance. Powell's character here is no drinker like Nick Charles, in fact he's a teetotaler and he's not used to holding his liquor.

In the end though The Heavenly Body asks just a little too much of its stars to carry a weak story resting on a silly premise.


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