Moon Over Her Shoulder (1941)

68 mins | Romantic comedy | 24 October 1941

Director:

Alfred Werker

Writer:

Walter Bullock

Producer:

Walter Morosco

Cinematographer:

Lucien Andriot

Production Designers:

Richard Day, Lewis H. Creber

Production Company:

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Dangerous But Passable and Detour to Love . MPHPD release charts incorrectly list the picture as Moonlight Over Her Shoulder . According to a HR news item, writers Eve Golden and Helen Vreeland Smith were secretaries at Twentieth Century-Fox at the time of the film's production. Dan Daily was borrowed from M-G-M for the picture. According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, the boat used in the film, the Zoa III , was owned by actor Preston Foster, and the bridge from which "Rex Gibson" thinks "Susan Rossiter" is going to jump is the San Rafael Bridge in Pasadena, ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Dangerous But Passable and Detour to Love . MPHPD release charts incorrectly list the picture as Moonlight Over Her Shoulder . According to a HR news item, writers Eve Golden and Helen Vreeland Smith were secretaries at Twentieth Century-Fox at the time of the film's production. Dan Daily was borrowed from M-G-M for the picture. According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, the boat used in the film, the Zoa III , was owned by actor Preston Foster, and the bridge from which "Rex Gibson" thinks "Susan Rossiter" is going to jump is the San Rafael Bridge in Pasadena, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Oct 1941.
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Daily Variety
17 Oct 41
p. 3, 5
Film Daily
8 Aug 41
p. 6.
Film Daily
17 Oct 41
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Apr 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jun 41
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jul 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 41
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Oct 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Oct 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald
4 Oct 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Oct 41
p. 318.
New York Times
5 Nov 41
p.31.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set des
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Loc mgr
Dir of pub
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Girl with the Sugar-Brown Hair," music by Alfred Newman, lyrics by Walter Bullock.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Detour to Love
Dangerous But Passable
Release Date:
24 October 1941
Production Date:
8 July--1 August 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 October 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10838
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in feet):
6,125
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7565
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Despite the success of his advice book, Make Your Marriage a Going Concern , Philip Rossiter, a doctor of philosophy, is unaware that his wife Susan desperately yearns for more romance in their own marriage. When Philip insists on sending their six-year-old twin daughters to summer camp, Susan thinks that he intends for them to have a second honeymoon, but instead he goes on working as usual. When Susan voices her frustration, Philip assumes that she needs an outside interest and urges her to take up painting. The next day, hoping to please Philip, Susan dutifully takes her paints and easel to a nearby bridge, where Rex Gibson sees her as he drives by and thinks that she is going to commit suicide. Rex grabs her, and, believing that she will try again, puts her into the front seat of his car and takes her to the harbor where his charter boat, the Zoa III , is docked. Grover Sloan, Rex's primary customer, is ready to leave on a pre-booked fishing trip, so Rex chains Susan below so that she will not escape or bother him. Dusty Rhodes, Rex's first mate, befriends Susan and takes over her painting. She accidentally knocks the boat off course, but in doing so, helps Grover hook a large swordfish. Having decided that Susan brings him good luck, Grover orders Rex to bring her on all of their fishing trips. That night, Philip does not listen to Susan's description of her day, and out of pique, she accompanies Rex and Grover, who do not know that she is married, on their voyages for the ... +


Despite the success of his advice book, Make Your Marriage a Going Concern , Philip Rossiter, a doctor of philosophy, is unaware that his wife Susan desperately yearns for more romance in their own marriage. When Philip insists on sending their six-year-old twin daughters to summer camp, Susan thinks that he intends for them to have a second honeymoon, but instead he goes on working as usual. When Susan voices her frustration, Philip assumes that she needs an outside interest and urges her to take up painting. The next day, hoping to please Philip, Susan dutifully takes her paints and easel to a nearby bridge, where Rex Gibson sees her as he drives by and thinks that she is going to commit suicide. Rex grabs her, and, believing that she will try again, puts her into the front seat of his car and takes her to the harbor where his charter boat, the Zoa III , is docked. Grover Sloan, Rex's primary customer, is ready to leave on a pre-booked fishing trip, so Rex chains Susan below so that she will not escape or bother him. Dusty Rhodes, Rex's first mate, befriends Susan and takes over her painting. She accidentally knocks the boat off course, but in doing so, helps Grover hook a large swordfish. Having decided that Susan brings him good luck, Grover orders Rex to bring her on all of their fishing trips. That night, Philip does not listen to Susan's description of her day, and out of pique, she accompanies Rex and Grover, who do not know that she is married, on their voyages for the next week. Susan enjoys her time on the ocean and does not realize that Rex, who previously was an avowed woman hater, has fallen in love with her. One evening, after Susan returns home, she realizes that she has forgotten her and Philip's seventh wedding anniversary. She gives him a barometer that she had intended to give to Rex, then accompanies him to the yacht club for a party in their honor. Rex is there also, and Susan spends the evening trying to keep him and Philip apart. Susan is shaken when Rex proposes, and the next day, decides to ask Philip anonymously for help. She writes to him about her problem, and on the day he reads her letter on his radio show, Grover takes Rex to the studio in the hope that Philip can help him with Susan. Rex recognizes himself and Susan from the letter, and when he discusses the situation with Philip, Philip also realizes that Susan wrote the letter. Philip then invites Rex over to the house, and that night, Susan is infuriated by their cold discussion of who should get her. Stating that she does not want either of them, Susan moves into a hotel and refuses to see them. When both Rex and Philip arrive at the hotel one day to see Susan, Philip's professional demeanor finally fails him, and he and Rex get into a fistfight. Philip wins and demands that his wife return home with him, and Susan, impressed that he fought for her, agrees. Soon after, Susan picks up her daughters and assures them that she had a wonderful time while they were gone. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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