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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 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 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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There's something new under the moon! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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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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Lloyd X. Hunter: [singing] I'm dying
Vicky Whitley: Yo-de-la-he-hoo
Lloyd X. Hunter: I'm sighing
Vicky Whitley: Yo-de-la-he-hoo
Vicky WhitleyLloyd X. Hunter: To love and be loved in return.
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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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Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung a cappella by an unidentified singer
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I can see why Joan Crawford passed on this one...
15 May 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Heavenly Body" is not a bad film, though it isn't all that good either. As a result of indifferent writing and a typically wooden performance by Hedy Lamarr, it's just a pleasant little time-passer. And, as a result, you can see why Joan Crawford passed when the part was first offered to her.

The film begins with a happily married couple--the astronomy professor (William Powell) and his pretty wife (Lamarr). Though very happily married, Hedy's love for her husband vanishes almost completely just because a local astrologer tells Hedy that she'll fall in love with another. This is a VERY weak point in the film. After all, if their love is that fragile, why should the audience care AND why should Powell try so hard to try to win her back from her new beau (James Craig)? I felt throughout the film that Powell would have been better off with this faithless idiot. But, he works hard to win her--and a few of his actions are pretty funny. Overall, the film offers few surprises and Powell is his usual competent and clever self.

By the way, didn't it seem odd Hedy played a French woman and not a Austrian? My guess is that the US was at war with her country of birth at that time and so she was supposed to be French!


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