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Over the Moon (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 29 March 1940 (USA)
Young Jane Benson just about manages to make ends meet running the large family house in Yorkshire. In love with local doctor Freddie Jarvis, she suggests they marry, but almost at once ... See full summary »

Directors:

Thornton Freeland, William K. Howard (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert E. Sherwood (story) (as Robert Sherwood), Lajos Biró (story) (as Lajos Biro) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Jane Benson
Rex Harrison ... Dr. Freddie Jarvis
Ursula Jeans ... Millie
Robert Douglas ... The Unknown Man
Louis Borel Louis Borel ... Pietro
Zena Dare Zena Dare ... Julie
Peter Haddon Peter Haddon ... Lord Petcliffe
David Tree ... Journalist
Mackenzie Ward Mackenzie Ward ... Guy
Elisabeth Welch Elisabeth Welch ... Cabaret Singer (as Elizabeth Welch)
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... Michel
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Ladbrooke
Wilfred Shine Wilfred Shine ... Frude
Gerald Nodin Gerald Nodin ... Cartwright
Bruce Winston Bruce Winston ... Director of Clinic
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Storyline

Young Jane Benson just about manages to make ends meet running the large family house in Yorkshire. In love with local doctor Freddie Jarvis, she suggests they marry, but almost at once finds she has inherited eighteen million pounds. He makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the money and what it can buy, and Jane sets off alone on a spree pursued by two ardent suitors. Jarvis finds he has gained notoriety for turning down such a catch and his plans for ernest research are soon compromised. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hold túloldalán See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in Baltimore Friday 3 September 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia Friday 10 September 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New York City Friday 17 September 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), by Boston Sunday 19 September 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), by Chicago Monday 27 September 1948 on WGN (Channel 9) and by Los Angeles Sunday 10 October 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5). Although filmed in Technicolor, these telecasts were in B&W, since color broadcasting was still in its experimental stage. The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »

Goofs

At the private "fashion show", soon after Jane inherits the money, the first shot shows Jane and her entourage from behind, and Freddie is already seated on the far left chair (as seen from behind). Then we see Freddie standing at a display case holding a ladies shoe. When asked to pay attention to the parade of models wearing what Jane has ordered for her trousseau, he walks around the seated ladies from stage right to stage left and takes his seat, the same as in the opening shot. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Round the Film Studios: No. 2 Denham Part 2 (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Venice Night
Music by Mischa Spoliansky (as Michael Spoliansky)
Lyrics by Leslie Julian Jones (uncredited)
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1939 color film
31 August 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Though made in 1939 and released right after Hitler started his march through Europe, the Alexander Korda production Over the Moon actually looks older. That's because production started in 1937. It's in color with a very young Merle Oberon who, in the beginning, looks less like the Merle Oberon we knew once she came to Hollywood, but later has a new look, and a very young Rex Harrison.

The sound on this was fuzzy, so I didn't get all of it.

Anyway, Oberon plays Jane Benson who lives in the family home in Yorkshire. She's in love with the local doctor, Freddie (Harrison) and wants to marry him. They decide to marry, but then, Jane inherits an absolute fortune - 18 million pounds. Freddie dumps her. So right away, you know this isn't based on a true story.

Freddie feels her money would ruin his ambition, and he isn't interested in the trappings of money. Jane wants to spend about 2 million on frivolities and then give it all away. She goes on her spending adventure and attracts two men; meanwhile, Freddie has gotten a lot of attention for turning down an heiress.

Some gorgeous European scenery to be had here, but the film moves a bit slowly. Still, it's nice to look at, and it's always a pleasure to see Oberon and Harrison, two fine actors.


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