Moon Over Miami
Release year: 1941
Director: Walter Lang
Screenwriter: Vincent Lawrence, Brown Holmes, Stephen Powys (based on the play by)
Starring: Betty Grable, Don Ameche, Robert Cummings, Carole Landis, Charlotte Greenwood, Jack Haley, Cobina Wright, George Lessey
Moviegeek Sunday Classic #242, week 6 2019
when an inheritance is smaller than expected Susan Latimer (Greenwood) and her nieces Barbara (Landis) and Kay (Grable) use it to check into a fancy hotel in Miama known for its rich clientele. The plan is for Susan to play maid and Barbara secretary while Kay plays the rich single woman, hopefully attracting a rich husband. Soon Kay is a coveted woman with not one but two suitors: competitive old pals Jeffrey (Cummings) and Phil (Ameche).
A musical comedy which could have been average is made great by an exceptional cast. The comedy part is easily covered by the chemistry between the three great gals. Grable (How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953) charms everyone, Landis (Topper Returns, 1041) turns heads and Greenwood (Oklahoma!, 1955) provides humour with every facial expression and every line. Though Cummings (Dial M for Murder, 1954) is undeniable every bit as charming and handsome as expected in a male lead in a romantic movie, it is the fabulous performance by the amazing Ameche (Heaven Can Wait, 1943) which really raises the bar. Dashing and distinctive, Ameche is a leading man to die for and lights up every scene he is in. There are some colourful but indifferent dance numbers but the best is those with just Grable and one or two others while the music numbers a pleasant and catchy without being unforgetable. The best part is watching Phil and Jeffrey fight over Kay and from the opening scene with Grable and Landis singing their way through orders at a drive-in you know you are in for a delightful experience.
Despite sharing name with the title of the movie, the famous son ‘Moon Over Miami’ was only played during the openings credits and as dance music at parties in the movie as opposed to being a musical number.
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