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Melody and Moonlight (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 11 October 1940 (USA)


Joseph Santley


Bradford Ropes (screenplay), David Silverstein (original story)


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Credited cast:
Johnny Downs ... Danny O'Brian
Barbara Jo Allen ... Adelaide Barnett
Jerry Colonna ... Abner Kellogg
Jane Frazee ... Kay Barnett
Mary Lee ... Ginger O'Brien
Frank Jenks ... Butch Reilly
Claire Carleton ... Gloria
Jonathan Hale ... Otis Barnett
Marten Lamont Marten Lamont ... Standish Prescott
The Kidoodlers The Kidoodlers ... Nightclub Act
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jewel McGowan Jewel McGowan ... Margie Mason


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Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

11 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Música, luna y amor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Jane Frazee. See more »


Remake of Dancing Feet (1936) See more »


Melody and Moonlight
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by George R. Brown and Sol Meyer
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The Second Time Around
22 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Debutante Jane Frazee -- in her screen debut -- goes to a dance hall competition, where she comes in second with resting professional dancer Johnny Downs. When she gets home, she quarrels with her father, Jonathan Hale, and walks out. Eventually she winds up rooming with Johnny and his sister, who don't know who she is.

Joseph Santley directs a remake of his 1936 DANCING FEET, and it's a lot slicker, thanks to the music by Jule Styne, and the choreography by Aida Broadbent. You might feel that the lead actors are blander than the earlier movie's Joan Marsh and Elliott J. Nugent, but Frazee is far more clearly a musical talent.

This version is more clearly a modern musical, with its emphasis on swing, jitterbug, songs that fit the mood of the moment and talent that was not on the downward slide towards their exit from the film industry. While Downs was a veteran of silent films, it was as a child actor. Now he was a young adult. Hale would play fathers and bosses, generals and judges for another twenty years. It's not a great musical, but it has a lot of energy to it.

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