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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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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford was offered the lead role but turned it down saying, "It was about a girl who stands around and does nothing. I told the studio to give the part to Hedy Lamarr." See more »

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At one point Professor Stowe refers to Whitley as "Whitney". See more »

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

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

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The Merry Widow Waltz
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The stars
1 August 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"Heavenly Body", which was shown on cable recently, is one of those forgotten MGM comedies of the forties that had a lot style and showed a great promise based on the people involved. As directed by Alexander Hall, the movie capitalizes on the talented William Powell and the beautiful Hedy Lamarr, perhaps one of the most beautiful women in the movies of that era.

The comedy seems to be a struggle between sciences that even though sound similar, are completely opposite. William Whitley is an astrologer married to the gorgeous Vicky. They appear happy together, that is, until Nancy Potter, a neighbor, interests her in astronomy. The good natured Vicky falls prey to horoscopes and charts that take her interest away from her husband, who has made an important discovery in a comet that will be crashing on the moon.

Things get complicated when journalist LLoyd Hunter enters the picture and falls for Vicky. William feels neglected and wants to get Vicky to realize what's important and what's not, so he takes matters into his own hands and has a confrontation with the astrologer Ms. Sybill. Right after that, Vicky realizes how much William loves her and leaves all the predictions aside.

William Powell was an actor with a lot of charm. He was wonderful playing comedies, as he shows here. It's easy to see how he would be good next to Ms. Lamarr, who shows good chemistry with her co-star. In supporting roles we see a lot of the best character actors of the time, James Craig, Spring Byington, Fay Banter, Henry O'Neill, among others.

See the film as curiosity piece.


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