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The Heavenly Body (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | April 1944 (USA)
The beautiful wife of a tweedy astronomer becomes convinced that her astrologer's prediction of a new dream man in her life will come true.


Alexander Hall, Vincente Minnelli (uncredited)


Jacques Théry (story) (as Jacques Thery), Harry Kurnitz (adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... William S. Whitley
Hedy Lamarr ... Vicky Whitley
James Craig ... Lloyd X. Hunter
Fay Bainter ... Margaret Sibyll
Henry O'Neill ... Prof. Stowe
Spring Byington ... Nancy Potter
Robert Sully ... Strand
Morris Ankrum ... Dr. Green
Franco Corsaro ... Sebastian Melas - Violinist
Connie Gilchrist ... Beulah - 'Delia Murphy'
Max Willenz Max Willenz ... Dr.Gurtchakoff
Alex Melesh Alex Melesh ... Vladimir
Earl Schenck ... Forbes
Arthur Space ... Pierson
Helen Freeman ... Stella


Astronomer Bill Whitley is so preoccupied with the new comet he's discovered that his time at the observatory sometimes comes at the expense of his beautiful wife, Vicky. When the neglected spouse becomes influenced by an eccentric neighbor into believing in the power of astrology, she subscribes to a weekly horoscope from a phony seer, the appropriately named Margaret Sybill. When the beautiful Mrs. Whitley reads that a new dream man will be coming soon into her life, she assumes he's taken the form of Lloyd Hunter, a handsome and dashing foreign correspondent who doubles as the neighborhood air raid warden. A frantic Bill realizes that he's going to have to keep closer track of his earthbound heavenly body if he's going to keep the prediction from becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Romance in the Stars! Love and Kisses along the MILKY WAY! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Broadway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - July14, 1944) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Director Alexander Hall was borrowed from Columbia but had to leave to direct Once Upon a Time (1944) before this production was finished filming. Vincente Minnelli took over as director for the last 3 weeks of production, which may account for so many of the listed actors being cut from the final print. See more »


Connie Gilchrist is credited on-screen as "Beulah", but she is called "Delia Murphy". See more »


William S. Whitley: Don't you ever look at stars, Ethel?
Ethel: I did once, but I'm married now!
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Crazy Credits

To Families And Friends Of Men And Women In Our Armed Forces. See more »


References Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt (1940) See more »


I'm Dying for Someone to Love Me
Written by Joseph Winner
Played on guitar and sung by James Craig
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astrology vs. astronomy
31 July 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this trite comedy, but it seemed to me to be all over the place. Hedy Lamarr plays a silly woman, who, neglected by her astronomer husband, William Powell, believes an astrologer who tells her that she will meet another man at a certain time. She does, and it turns out to be the neighborhood air raid warden, James Craig. She then announces she's leaving her husband, to his consternation.

The heavenly body refers to Lamarr, of course, who is absolutely gorgeous in this movie as usual, if not much of an actress, also as usual. She did have one of the most exquisite faces of all time, though. The heavenly body also refers to Whitley's comet, a comet to be named after her husband.

Powell handles the comedy well. It's a good cast, mildly enjoyable, but in the end, there's not much to it.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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