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Out of the Blue (1947)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 April 1947 (USA)
Set in an apartment building whose occupants include Arthur Earthleigh, a meek and mild type married to the beautiful-but-domineering Mae; a Bohemian artist, David Galleo and his ... See full summary »


Leigh Jason


Walter Bullock (screenplay), Vera Caspary (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview:
George Brent ... Arthur Earthleigh
Virginia Mayo ... Deborah Tyler
Turhan Bey ... David Galleo
Ann Dvorak ... Olive Jensen
Carole Landis ... Mae Earthleigh
Elizabeth Patterson ... Miss Spring
Julia Dean ... Miss Ritchie
Richard Lane ... Detective Noonan
Charles Smith ... Elevator Boy (as Charlie Smith)
Paul Harvey ... Mr. Holliston
Alton E. Horton Alton E. Horton ... Detective Dombry
Hadda Brooks Hadda Brooks ... Herself
Flame ... Rabelais


Set in an apartment building whose occupants include Arthur Earthleigh, a meek and mild type married to the beautiful-but-domineering Mae; a Bohemian artist, David Galleo and his always-there model, Deborah Tyler; and Olive Jensen, a Greenwich Village type who is always slightly-but-continuously inebriated, and whose motto is "love and let love." She calls on George while his wife is out, and when she passes out during his attempts to get her out before his wife returns, he thinks she is dead and deposits her on Galleo's terrace. Galleo takes advantage of the situation by using it in a blackmail scheme against Arthur, which is shaky, at best, as Olive refuses to stay dead. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

21 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vera Caspary's Out of the Blue See more »

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Production Co:

Bryan Foy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Olive Jensen: I have a bad heart and when I pass out I really pass out. People tell me I look positively dead.
David Gelleo: Then Earthleigh must have thought he'd killed you. So he dumps you on my terrace.
Deborah Tyler: Why, that's terrible. I never heard of such a thing.
David Gelleo: How do you like that? You can't even bury a bone on his terrace but he can throw his old dead bodies on mine.
Olive Jensen: Who's an old dead body?
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Out of the Blue
by Will Jason and Henry Nemo
Performed by Hadda Brooks (uncredited)
Also played on a phonograph
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Madcap Comedy with Contrasting Performances
26 July 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Ostensibly set in Greenwich Village but actually never leaving the confines of Eagle-Lion's studios, OUT OF THE BLUE's basic plot-line adumbrates better-known comedies such as THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH and THE ODD COUPLE. Arthur Earthleigh (George Brent), a put-upon husband, has to fend for himself while his spouse Mae (Carole Landis) goes away for the weekend. He encounters serial drunk Olive (Ann Dvorak) in a club, takes her back home but finds his adulterous dreams frustrated by a combination of conscience and drunkenness. Meanwhile his neighbor David (Turhan Bey) appears to be continuing his career as a serial womanizer with dog-breeder Deborah (Virginia Mayo), but his romantic dreams are frustrated by Olive.

Leigh Jason's production is distinguished by contrasting performances. Once Warner Brothers' leading man but now sporting middle-aged spread, Brent is quite happy to play the well-meaning but clueless husband led a merry amatory dance by Olive, apparently unable to cope with rapidly changing situations. Turhan Bey acts the sophisticate, dressed in a white tuxedo and showing his perfect manners to Mayo - while successfully seducing her - but even he has no real answer to Olive's machinations. Ann Dvorak enjoys herself with a madcap role as Olive, as she sups vast quantities of brandy and flops lifelessly down on the sofa in a series of drunken stupors.

Playing a couple of old women reminiscent of those in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (released three years previously), Julia Dean and Elizabeth Patterson have great fun playing cards but showing far more interest in their neighbors' affairs. It's clear that in this tight-knit Greenwich Village society - where an unidentified murder is on the prowl - everything that happens is everyone else's business.

Needless to say the comedy ends happily with Brent reasserting patriarchal authority over his wife Mae, while Deborah establishes mastery (or should it be mistressy) over Turhan Bey's David, even though such authority is only skin-deep.

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