Heavenly Body

The Heavenly Body

Director: Alexander Hall, William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, James Craig

Cast: Alexander Hall, William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, James Craig

     
 
In this light romantic comedy, William B. Whitley (William Powell) is an astronomer who is very excited about his latest discovery, a comet that has been named after him. However, Whitley has been so busy tracking the course of his comet as its path leads straight into the moon that he's been ignoring his new wife, Vicky (Hedy Lamarr). Bored and lonely, one day Vicky

Overview

In this light romantic comedy, William B. Whitley (William Powell) is an astronomer who is very excited about his latest discovery, a comet that has been named after him. However, Whitley has been so busy tracking the course of his comet as its path leads straight into the moon that he's been ignoring his new wife, Vicky (Hedy Lamarr). Bored and lonely, one day Vicky visits an astrologer who informs her that she will -- on a specific day -- meet a handsome stranger, and they will fall in love. A bit perplexed at this news, Vicky shares the astrologer's report with William; however, he's so appalled that she would waste her time on pseudo-scientific hooey like astrology that he storms out of the house, moving into his observatory for a few days. On the predicted day, Vicky is wondering what happened to her dream man when an air raid warden, Lloyd Hunter (James Craig), shows up to confront Vicky and ends up going inside her house and shutting off her lights. Vicky and Lloyd strike up a conversation, and she begins to realize that he could well be the man the astrologer predicted she would meet; Vicky is interested in him, but just as he's leaving, William returns. William, however, senses that Vicky is infatuated with Lloyd, and he quickly hatches a devious plan to win back her good graces.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Heavenly Body is a harmless, but unexciting and disappointing little romantic comedy. Half the time, Body also wants to be a screwball comedy -- but there's a rather large gap between what the film desires and what it achieves. Place the blame squarely on the trite screenplay, which lacks the inventiveness, wit and sparkle that would make the project soar. The basic premise, though ridiculous, could make for a perfectly delightful screwball piece; but without the above-named trappings, it comes across as dull. The comet crash sequence is fairly ingenious; too bad there weren't a dozen more such moments. Alexander Hall's so-so direction doesn't help; it gets the job done, but doesn't do anything to make up for the deficiencies in the script, and overall lacks imagination. Much better is William Powell, who does everything he can short of standing on his head to make things work -- and has the good grace to make it look fairly effortless into the bargain. Hedy Lamarr looks stunning, but her performance is serviceable, nothing more; what's needed is someone with a real comic presence, and Lamarr doesn't quite fill the bill. James Craig is fairly wooden, but Spring Byington and Fay Bainter bring a great deal of life to their roles.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/2009
UPC:
0883316205723
Original Release:
1943
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
13,776

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Powell William B. 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
Connie Gilchrist Beulah Murphy
Wheaton Chambers Old Gentleman
André Charlot Dr. Burns
Elspeth Dudgeon Lady
John Elliott Prof. Collier
Rex Evans Goering--Photo Insert
Jack George Accompanist
Gus Glassmire Scientist
Buddy Gorman Newsboy
Howard Hickman Actor
Gertrude W. Hoffman Mrs. Potter's Mother
Bertram Marburgh Old Man
Alex Melesh Vladimir
Howard Mitchell Nicholas
Cliff Nazarro Milkman
Ralph Sanford Actor
John Sheehan Cop
Henry Sylvester Actor
Bobby Watson Hitler--Photo Insert
Stewart Nicodemus Willie
Evelyn Dockson Maid
Lloyd Ford Ethel's Husband
Max Willenz Dr. Gurtchakoff
Earl Schenck Forbes
Arthur Space Pierson
Helen Freeman Stella
Phyllis Kennedy Ethel
Marietta Canty Pearl Harrison

Technical Credits
Alexander Hall Director
Michael Arlen Screenwriter
William Ferrari Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Arthur Hornblow Producer
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Harry Kurnitz Screenwriter
McLean Nesbit Art Director
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Walter Reisch Screenwriter
Blanche Sewell Editor
Jacques Thery Original Story
Edwin B. Willis Art Director,Set Decoration/Design

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