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The Moon's Our Home (1936)

A comedy about marriage and everything relating to it. New York novelist Henry Fonda meets up with an actress, Margaret Sullavan, and the two date and later marry, though neither knows of ... See full summary »


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Faith Baldwin (adapted from the Cosmopolitan serial "The Moon's Our Home"), Alan Campbell (additional dialogue) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Sullavan ... Cherry Chester / Sarah Brown
Henry Fonda ... Anthony Amberton / John Smith
Charles Butterworth ... Horace Van Steedan
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Boyce Medford
Henrietta Crosman ... Lucy Van Steedan
Walter Brennan ... Lem
Dorothy Stickney ... Hilda
Brandon Hurst ... Babson
Lucien Littlefield ... Ogden Holbrook
Margaret Hamilton ... Mitty Simpson
Spencer Charters ... Abner Simpson
Margaret Fielding Margaret Fielding ... Miss Manning
Grace Hayle ... Miss Hambridge
Monte Vandergrift ... Brakeman
Richard Powell Richard Powell ... Candy Butcher


A comedy about marriage and everything relating to it. New York novelist Henry Fonda meets up with an actress, Margaret Sullavan, and the two date and later marry, though neither knows of the other's fame. The real adventure begins on the honeymoon, when this screwball comedy really heats up with insults and arguments.

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Release Date:

10 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vivendo na Lua See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interview with Elvis Mitchell, Bill Murray said this was one of his favorite movies and Margaret Sullavan was his favorite starlet of this era. See more »


[Cherry apologizes for almost injuring Mrs. Medford]
Cherry Chester: If I ever did, I'd blow my brains out!
Mrs. Boyce Medford: I know. And then I'd have to tidy up afterward.
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good chemistry
29 August 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Wow, was Henry Fonda cute. And when I see him in these old films, you can see that Jane looks just like him.

In "The Moon's Our Home" from 1936, Fonda stars with his ex-wife, Margaret Sullavan, in this delightful comedy. Sullivan is Cherry Chester, a brat of a movie star who is summoned by her grandmother so that she can announce her engagement to someone she doesn't want to marry.

At the same time, a popular author, Anthony Amberton (Fonda) is being chased around town by people - women - wanting him to sign his latest book. Anxious to escape them, he jumps into a carriage transporting Cherry. The two hit it off, but he leaps off of the carriage again when it's safe. All she has to trace him is a card with the address of a place in New Hampshire.

Cherry escapes her family and goes there incognito, using the name Sarah Brown. She finds Anthony there too, incognito using the name Smith. Neither has any idea of the other's true identity.

Meanwhile the newspapers are full of Cherry's disappearance - was it a kidnapping? I found this interesting because I just finished watching "Agatha Christie: Her Life in Pictures" which dealt with the publicity surrounding her 11-day disappearance in 1925.

Cute screwball with engaging performances by both stars. I always prefer Henry Fonda in his earlier films - for me later on he became too internalized.

The supporting cast is great - Margaret Hamilton, Walter Brennan, Henrietta Crosman, and Beulah Bondi.

Very entertaining.

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