Directed by Walter Lang
USA 1941

 

  When a pair of likely looking lassies in a Texas open-air hamburger stand suddenly blossom forth with a small legacy and the announced intention of going to Miami to take their pick of millionaires, the audience can call the shots with boring accuracy. But partly through Walter Lang's direction, "Moon Over Miami" rarely lets you remember it's old hat. It keeps dazzling you with little speedboats scooting across blue lagoons, romantic under-water tête-à-têtes (and what kind of a fish was it, Mr. Ameche?), sumptuous parties under the palms and, of course, Miss Grable in a range of pretty and petulant moods. How her moods photograph!

If the book isn't very sprightly, the music by Ralph Ranger and Leo Robins is—including "Kindergarten Conga," "Miami" and "Is That Good?" Of the cast, Miss Landis makes a fair vision when she removes her spurious secretarial spectacles, Don Ameche makes a suitably sluggish lounge-lizard, Robert Cummings a slightly more spirited one, and Jack Haley and Charlotte Greenwood, as a waiter and a maid, frolic through some comedy grotesqueries which are never quite funny enough. Like its two little heroines, "Moon Over Miami" isn't very bright in conversation, but it looks wonderful.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 18th, 1941

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DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

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This can be purchased individually or as part of the Betty Grable Collection, Vol. 1 which includes My Blue Heaven, The Dolly Sisters, Moon Over Miami and Down Argentine Way.

           

Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:31:36 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.39 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Mono)  
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: June 13th, 2006

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Color balance on this 65 year old release is a bit tenuous. For the most part it looks agreeable but has moments of intense vibrancy that don't really resemble reality. The print used is fairly dirty - speckled with infrequent damage and some flickering. Still, it is progressively transferred and the audio is surprisingly buoyant. Frankly, for such an early color effort it generally looks and sounds remarkably good.

The film is a real bag of fun - the type of cinema that they could never successfully duplicate today - lots of humor, as broad as the times would permit, and cute musical numbers with mesmerizing dances. Very enjoyable and an almost essential inclusion for the first Betty Grable Collection boxset.     

Gary W. Tooze

 





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CLICK to order from:

This can be purchased individually or as part of the Betty Grable Collection, Vol. 1 which includes My Blue Heaven, The Dolly Sisters, Moon Over Miami and Down Argentine Way.

           

Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC




 

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