Garden of the Moon

Garden of the Moon

Director: Busby Berkeley

Cast: Busby Berkeley, Pat O'Brien, Margaret Lindsay, John Payne

     
 

The Garden of the Moon is a fancy New York nightclub owned by Pat O'Brien. Margaret Lindsay (replacing a recalcitrant Bette Davis) is the girl who comes between O'Brien and his bandleader, John Payne. The duplicitous O'Brien spends most of his screen time figuring out various underhanded means to keep Payne from breaking his contract--and to keep Ms. Lindsay for…  See more details below

Overview

The Garden of the Moon is a fancy New York nightclub owned by Pat O'Brien. Margaret Lindsay (replacing a recalcitrant Bette Davis) is the girl who comes between O'Brien and his bandleader, John Payne. The duplicitous O'Brien spends most of his screen time figuring out various underhanded means to keep Payne from breaking his contract--and to keep Ms. Lindsay for himself. Though directed by Busby Berkeley, Garden of the Moon is surprisingly shy of dance numbers. Its musical highlight is that Looney Tunes standard "The Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish," with vocal solos by John Payne, Johnnie "Scat" Davis, and Jerry Colonna.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
With the name of Busby Berkeley attached to it, it comes as a surprise that Garden of the Moon, while a musical, contains none of the cinematic choreography for which the director/choreographer is famed. There are no big production numbers involving scores of girls, no overhead shots and precision drill-team routines. However, that doesn't mean that the musical numbers don't have flair; it's simply of a quieter kind. Mostly band numbers, they're shot with an eye to keeping the camera engaged, often swooping across to take in individual players and featuring enough cut-aways to keep visual interest. Garden also benefits from a fine Harry Warren score; it's nothing to write home about, but it's tuneful and diverting and each of the songs is a welcome respite from the silly standard-issue plot. A more dynamic leading actor would have perhaps made this film something other than the minor little pleasure that it is. John Payne is fine and sounds good; he simply lacks the real star charisma that the part demands. Pat O'Brien is better, although he tries a bit too hard throughout, and Margaret Lindsay is a very amiable leading lady.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2011
UPC:
0883316353912
Original Release:
1938
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
51,250

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pat O'Brien John Quinn
Margaret Lindsay Toni Blake
John Payne Don Vincente
Johnnie Davis Slappy Harris
Melville Cooper Maurice
Isabel Jeans Mrs. Lornay
Mabel Todd Mary Stunton
Dick Purcell Rick Fulton
Penny Singleton Miss Calder
Curt Bois Maharajah of Sand
Granville Bates Angus McGillicuddy
Edward McWade Peter McGillicudy
Larry Williams Trent
Ray Mayer Musician
Jerry Colonna Musician
Joe Venuti & Swing Cats Musician
Tony Romano Musician
Jimmie Fidler Actor

Technical Credits
Busby Berkeley Director
George J. Amy Editor
Alexis Dubin Songwriter
Louis Edelman Producer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Richard Macaulay Screenwriter
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Francis J. Scheid Sound/Sound Designer
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Wald Screenwriter
Harry Warren Score Composer,Songwriter

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