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Over the Moon (1939)

Young Jane Benson just about manages to make ends meet running the large family house in Yorkshire. In love with local doctor Freddie Jarvis, she suggests they marry, but almost at once ... See full summary »

Directors:

Thornton Freeland, William K. Howard (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert E. Sherwood (story) (as Robert Sherwood), Lajos Biró (story) (as Lajos Biro) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Jane Benson
Rex Harrison ... Dr. Freddie Jarvis
Ursula Jeans ... Millie
Robert Douglas ... The Unknown Man
Louis Borel Louis Borel ... Pietro
Zena Dare Zena Dare ... Julie
Peter Haddon Peter Haddon ... Lord Petcliffe
David Tree ... Journalist
Mackenzie Ward Mackenzie Ward ... Guy
Elisabeth Welch Elisabeth Welch ... Cabaret Singer (as Elizabeth Welch)
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... Michel
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Ladbrooke
Wilfred Shine Wilfred Shine ... Frude
Gerald Nodin Gerald Nodin ... Cartwright
Bruce Winston Bruce Winston ... Director of Clinic
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Storyline

Young Jane Benson just about manages to make ends meet running the large family house in Yorkshire. In love with local doctor Freddie Jarvis, she suggests they marry, but almost at once finds she has inherited eighteen million pounds. He makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the money and what it can buy, and Jane sets off alone on a spree pursued by two ardent suitors. Jarvis finds he has gained notoriety for turning down such a catch and his plans for ernest research are soon compromised. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1940 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hold túloldalán See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in Baltimore Friday 3 September 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia Friday 10 September 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New York City Friday 17 September 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), by Boston Sunday 19 September 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), by Chicago Monday 27 September 1948 on WGN (Channel 9) and by Los Angeles Sunday 10 October 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5). Although filmed in Technicolor, these telecasts were in B&W, since color broadcasting was still in its experimental stage. The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »

Goofs

At the private "fashion show", soon after Jane inherits the money, the first shot shows Jane and her entourage from behind, and Freddie is already seated on the far left chair (as seen from behind). Then we see Freddie standing at a display case holding a ladies shoe. When asked to pay attention to the parade of models wearing what Jane has ordered for her trousseau, he walks around the seated ladies from stage right to stage left and takes his seat, the same as in the opening shot. See more »

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Beautiful major release in its day remains handsome curio
9 May 2011 | by eschetic-2See all my reviews

The exotic beauty Merle Oberon was primed by her producer husband Alexander Korda for great things (it was at his behest she changed her name from Estelle Merle Thompson to Oberon and they were married the year OVER THE MOON was released) but is today probably remembered for only a few of the more than two dozen films she made before World War II and the relative handful she made after it - none more than the first American film she made immediately after this release, WUTHERING HEIGHTS.

OVER THE MOON was a top drawer release in 1939 just as World War II was breaking out - it opened in London barely a month after Hitler invaded Poland - and well received. The story of a young doctor who rejects the image of marrying for money and the woman on the rebound having to cope with that money and all the advice, good and bad, that comes with it, allowed for ravishingly beautiful Technicolor vistas of European sights from Paris to the Riviera, Venice and beyond in a world still at peace.

If the film itself hasn't aged as well as, say, Bernard Shaw's THE MILLIONAIRESS, it is more because the writers were not in Shaw's league than any of the other elements. Truth be told, it may come across as a little dull for those not willing to go with the quiet pace of the screenwriters' telling of the Robert Anderson/Lajos Biro story. It would be interesting to know why such an apparently important film was released in Lisbon a full eight months before its London premiere - was there re-editing involved, or did the film when initially released cause reservations in the distributors and the London premiere only get pushed because of the War? Whichever, the result was successful at the time.

Nevertheless, OVER THE MOON (as of this date unreleased on video in the US - but available in a Greek PAL DVD release) is worth seeking out for the relatively early performance by Rex Harrison as the naive doctor (still two and six years before his career defining Shaw and Coward films, MAJOR BARBARA and BLYTHE SPIRIT) and an all too-rare performance by the great Elisabeth Welch (an expatriate American singer/actress renowned for creating "Solomon" in Cole Porter's NYMPH ERRANT in the original 1933 London production of that show) as a cabaret singer.

Minor OVER THE MOON may be today, but like its star, Ms. Oberon, it remains lovely to look at and a worthy diversion for a rainy afternoon.


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