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The Heavenly Body (1944)

Not Rated | | 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.

Directors:

Alexander Hall, Vincente Minnelli (uncredited)

Writers:

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

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 Earl Schenck ... Forbes
Arthur Space ... Pierson
Helen Freeman Helen Freeman ... Stella
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

It's Heavenly To Be in Love With Hedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crepi l'astrologo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Pearl: [Talking on the phone] Well, I'm new here. Mrs. whitley hired me at 8;00 and left at 8:15. Her husband? Well, there's a gentleman down here who won't wake up. If he's what you want, you better come and wake him yourself!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over the various signs of the zodiac. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Hungarian Dance No.1 in G Major
(1873) (uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played by Franco Corsaro at the concert
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Great Chemistry
6 July 2002 | by free101girlSee all my reviews

This delightful film works well because of the perfect combination of William Powell and Hedy Lamarr. It's a classic screwball romantic comedy -- silly, fluffy, hilarious. Stunningly beautiful Hedy Lamarr (who was actually a serious intellect offscreen) is surprisingly convincing as a ditz who is blithely unaware of the effect her obsession with astrology is having on her long-suffering professor/astronomer husband (Powell). If this were real life, you'd want to throttle her -- but that's a lot of the humor here. Powell puts across just the right amount of loving good humor mixed with near-homicidal frustration. There are some cute surprises along the way, and lots of recognizable character actors rounding out the cast. While the script falls short of the witty dialogue you'll find in comedies like The Palm Beach Story and Bringing Up Baby, it's still a fun trip down memory lane.


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