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Moonlight in Havana (1942)

Singing Johnny Norton is the star catcher of the Blue Sox baseball team but he is suspended because of insubordination. Producer Barney Crane hears Johnny singing and signs him to appear ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writer:

Oscar Brodney (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Allan Jones ... Johnny Norton
Jane Frazee ... Gloria Jackson
Marjorie Lord ... Patsy Clark
William Frawley ... Barney Crane
Don Terry ... Eddie Daniels
Sergio Orta Sergio Orta ... Martinez
Wade Boteler ... Joe Clark
Hugh O'Connell ... Charlie
Jack Norton ... George
The Lester Horton Dancers The Lester Horton Dancers ... Dance Group (as Lester Horton Dancers)
The Jivin' Jacks and Jills ... Performers
Grace Grace ... Dancer (as Grace and Nicco)
Nicco Nicco ... Dancer (as Grace and Nicco)
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Storyline

Singing Johnny Norton is the star catcher of the Blue Sox baseball team but he is suspended because of insubordination. Producer Barney Crane hears Johnny singing and signs him to appear with Gloria Jackson, with the promise their first engagement will be in Havana. Johnny, hoping to get his baseball job back, is anxious to get to Cuba where the Blue Sox are having spring training. Patsy Clark, daughter of Blue Sox owner, Joe Clark, helps Johnny get another chance with the team. But Johnny has fallen in love with Gloria and hates to walk out on his singing contract. Johnny's troubles are solved when rain prevents the important All-Star exhibition game which was scheduled for the same evening. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo la luna habanera See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Moonlight in Havana
Written by Dave Franklin
Sung by Allan Jones and Jane Frazee
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Flirting With Pneumonia
24 November 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When Allan Jones had to do Moonlight In Havana, he must have cursed the day he decided to leave MGM because he didn't want to be behind Nelson Eddy all the time. He also must have wondered what happened to the studio where in fact he had done Showboat and The Boys From Syracuse.

This is one of the dumbest plots I've ever seen done for a musical and with one exception, the score of original songs by Dave Franklin is singularly unmemorable. Jones is a baseball catcher who has broken training for the last time and is on suspension. But agent William Frawley has heard him sing and wants him to pursue another career.

There's an interesting medical condition that Jones has that I will say I've never seen in another film. That magnificent tenor only emerges when he's got a cold. So in order to induce the voice, he's constantly trying to catch cold throughout the film. Besides being medically impossible, the idea of this man flirting with pneumonia to hit a few high Cs is beyond stupid. Of course to play baseball for the Blue Sox, he's got to be in good shape.

Besides the career choices Jones is also caught between two women, singer Jane Frazee and ballclub owner's daughter Marjorie Lord. If you're interested in seeing who he winds up with you are condemned to sit through the little more than an hour running time of Moonlight In Havana.

In the days before Castro, Havana was a popular place for the major leagues to appear and to do training. The Dodgers trained there until their complex at Vero Beach, Florida was opened.

I'm betting that Allan Jones probably had the producer's interpolate the public domain song of I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now into the score for him to sing. It's a particular favorite of mine and the highlight of a bad film and Jones really does this most simple and basic of love ballads real justice.

But it's not enough to save this film.


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