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Garden of the Moon (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 1 October 1938 (USA)
John Quinn is the ruthless manager of the night club Garden of the Moon. He has booked Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees for a season as his band, but due to a car accident Vallee can't... See full summary »

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Richard Macaulay (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Stanton
Penny Singleton ... Miss Calder
Dick Purcell ... Rick Fulton
Curt Bois ... Maharajah of Sund
Granville Bates ... Angus McGillicuddy
Edward McWade ... Peter McGillicuddy
Larry Williams ... Trent
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... Musician
Jerry Colonna ... Musician
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John Quinn is the ruthless manager of the night club Garden of the Moon. He has booked Rudy Vallee & his Connecticut Yankees for a season as his band, but due to a car accident Vallee can't work for a while, Quinn's secretary Toni Blake is only able to get the unknown band of Don Vincente. Quinn makes it clear to Vincente, that he has only to work for a fortneight, untill Valle is able to work. Vincente doesn't like the way of Quinn handling his personal and they start their small private war against each other. Vincente falls in love with Toni Blake, and when Vincente becomes famous, inspite of Quinn's trials to make a fool out of him and gets an offer for a radio programm, he gladly accepts. But Toni Blake don't want to leave her job in the Garden of the Moon, so Quinn starts his game to get Vincente back. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Visit the World's Swankiest Swing Spot


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Mundo da Lua See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The roles played by John Payne and Margaret Lindsay were originally intended for Dick Powell and Bette Davis. Powell took a layoff rather than make this film. See more »

Quotes

Slappy Harris: Say, you ought to be able to get us a lot of publicity. You know, Don is a solid tenor, when he gets nice and groovy, its out of this world.
Toni Blake: How's that?
Slappy Harris: I mean its a killer duck. Well, when he starts us cats sending, you ought to see the alligators pack around the grandstand.
Toni Blake: I don't mean to be rude, but, are you giving me the double-talk?
Don Vincente: Ha-ha. Nah, that's just a little swing lingo. He means the customers like our work.
Toni Blake: Does he speak English too?
Don Vincente: Of course he does. Slappy, say a few words in ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits are printed into a restaurant menu and the pages are turned by a male hand. See more »

Soundtracks

Put That Down in Writing
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Instrumental cue in this movie
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A Gag-A-Second Comedy
23 May 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

What distinguishes "Garden of the Moon" more than anything else is its nonstop script. Like the changeable weather in Hawaii, if you don't like one scene, wait a few seconds and something entirely different will come along. This is a romantic big-band musical that wants to be a Marx Brothers movie. The pace is hectic throughout.

The title refers to a posh nightclub in Hollywood that is run by John Quinn (Pat O'Brien), one of the most unlikeable characters in films. He treats everyone with contempt and likes nothing more than to take advantage of everybody he deals with. His publicity agent/booker is Toni Blake (Margaret Lindsay), a swell kid and a go-getter. On short notice, she books an unknown band--Don Vincente and His Orchestra. She falls for Don and, thereafter, has a conflict of interest.

The musical numbers are boisterous and campy. The songs come from Harry Warren, Al Dubin and Johnny Mercer. Some of them are clever and fun.

The cast is a real collection of talent and they chew the scenery just the way the director, Busby Berkeley, asked them to. Jerry Colonna, for one, may over do it with his googly eyes and double-talk.

I can't say this is a good film, but Berkeley certainly fills every frame with content.


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