Shine on Harvest Moon (1944)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Musical  |  8 April 1944 (USA)
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Biographical movie about the early 20th century Broadway stars Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth.



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Complete credited cast:
Nora Bayes
Jack Norworth
The Great Georgetti
Irene Manning ...
Blanche Mallory
Poppa Carl
Marie Wilson ...
Dan Costello
Bob Murphy ...
Police Sergeant
The Four Step Brothers ...
Dance Team


Biographical movie about the early 20th century Broadway stars Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth.

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Biography | Musical


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8 April 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melodia do Amor  »

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(RCA Sound System)


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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The final Harvest Moon number was shot in Technicolor while the rest of the film was black/white. This was because of shortages of material needed for color stock due to the war. Studios used their limited color stock for their top films. See more »


During the Harvest Moon number near the end, the stage has the horse and carriage going left to right and then larger going right to left, creating the illusion of the horse and carriage moving down a winding road closer toward the audience. However, the horse and carriage then moving left to right again closer to the audience started before the previous right to left move had cleared the stage and for an instant both can be seen. See more »


[Nora has just kissed Jack]
Jack Norworth: You didn't have to do that.
Nora Bayes: I know. That's why I did it.
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Featured in Let's Sing a Song About the Moonlight (1948) See more »


Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played twice for The Great Georgetti's magic act
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Pleasant For Sheridan or Morgan Fans
1 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Too bad the entire film wasn't photographed in Technicolor. The story is very fictionalized, as were all Hollywood musical biographies. Would it be a spoiler to mention that historically Bayes and Norworth didn't live happily ever after? Norworth was #3 of Bayes's five husbands.

Interesting to note that in the earlier Warner's musical "Yankee Doodle Dandy", that Bayes is portrayed as a "heavy", taking Mary Cohan's song away from her.

Insofar as voice dubbing is concerned, all actors are ultimately dubbed, whether with their own singing voice or someone else's. Nobody sings "live" on camera. Not much different than today's music videos where the performer is only doing a lip-sync to the recording (and you thought they had all those electronic instruments and back-up singers hidden in the bushes, right?).

This film is still enjoyable for the music and the performances of the actors. I think it's well worth the time to view it.

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