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Moon Over Miami (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 4 July 1941 (USA)
Sisters Kay and Barbara arrive in Miami from Texas looking for rich husbands.


Walter Lang


Vincent Lawrence (screenplay), Brown Holmes (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Ameche ... Phil O'Neil
Betty Grable ... Kay Latimer
Robert Cummings ... Jeffrey Bolton
Carole Landis ... Barbara Latimer
Jack Haley ... Jack O'Hara
Charlotte Greenwood ... Susan Latimer
Cobina Wright ... Connie Fentress (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
Lynne Roberts ... Jennie May
Robert Conway ... Mr. Lester
George Lessey ... William Bolton
Nick Condos Nick Condos ... Specialty Dancer (as Condos Brothers)
Steve Condos Steve Condos ... Specialty Dancer (as Condos Brothers)
Jack Cole & Co. Jack Cole & Co. ... Specialties
Robert Greig ... Brearley
Minor Watson ... Reynolds


Kay, Barbara and Susan Latimer come into a small legacy when they expected a large one, then abandon the Texas greasy-spoon where they work to hunt in Miami for rich husbands, said to be plentiful there. Barbara and Susan posing as the secretary and maid of "wealthy" Kay, they check into a posh hotel, and soon Kay is in the delightful predicament of being pursued by two handsome, wealthy bachelors at once. But Musical Comedy Complications arise... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


ONE WEEK TO CATCH AND MARRY A MILLIONAIRE! (orginal print ad-all caps) See more »


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In late March 1941, Laird Cregar was replaced by George Lessey in the role of "William Bolton" due to Cregar's illness. See more »


When Susan hands Jack a jar of her famous guacamole sauce, the contents of jar are bright red - not green, as an avocado-based sauce would actually be. See more »


Phil O'Neil: Let's see, what do we want? We want you, the juice of the grape and a good hot dance band.
Jeffrey Bolton: But right now we'll settle for those potato chips and cheese.
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Version of How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) See more »


What Can I Do For You?
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Betty Grable (uncredited) and Carole Landis (uncredited) as singing waitresses
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Pure Escapism
4 March 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Betty Grable, Carole Landis, and Charlotte Greenwood, two sisters and their aunt work as carhops in a drive-up Texas diner and they get a letter from a lawyer. Another relative has up and died and left the family fortune to them. But after the court and Uncle Sam have taken their share, it's only several thousand apiece.

Betty has her sights set on landing a millionaire husband as any bright girl in that era would. Landis and Greenwood don't need much convincing to pool their resources and go to Miami and hang out where the millionaires do. Betty pretends to be a millionaire heiress herself with Landis as a secretary and Greenwood her maid.

I shouldn't say too much more, but as this was a film of pure escapism with happy endings required, you should be able to figure out the rest. The men sure liked looking at Grable and Landis and the women dreamed of being in their place, courted by the likes of Don Ameche and Bob Cummings.

Songwriting team of Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin contributed a good score that showcases the considerable musical talents of Ameche, Grable, Greenwood and Jack Haley who plays a suspicious waiter at the resort the girls are staying at. What I don't understand is that the title of the film is the title of a very big hit song from the Thirties and it is only used under the title credits and as background. Of course it wasn't written by Robin and Rainger, and maybe that was the reason, they didn't want their music competing with an established tune.

Even with world war once again breaking out in Europe, Africa, and Asia, audiences still loved this escapist stuff. Films like this are what made Betty Grable the GIs number one pin-up girl. This is what the GIs loved as Robert Strauss from Stalag 17 would so testify. After all, Animal did say he saw all her films on multiple occasions.

If he did, he was well pleased with Moon Over Miami.

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Release Date:

4 July 1941 (USA) See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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