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Eternally Yours (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 18 January 1940 (Argentina)
Anita Halstead, swept off her feet by magician Arturo, finds the results less than magical.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

Gene Towne (original screenplay), C. Graham Baker (original screenplay) (as Graham Baker)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Anita Halstead
David Niven ... Tony aka The Great Arturo
Hugh Herbert ... Benton
Billie Burke ... Aunt Abby
C. Aubrey Smith ... Gramps aka Bishop Peabody
Raymond Walburn ... Mr. Harley Bingham
Zasu Pitts ... Mrs. Cary Bingham
Broderick Crawford ... Don Burns
Virginia Field ... Lola De Vere
Eve Arden ... Gloria
Ralph Graves ... Mr. Morrisey
Lionel Pape ... Mr. Howard
Fred Keating ... Master of Ceremonies
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Storyline

Anita, engaged to solid Don Barnes, is swept off her feet by magician Arturo. Before you can say presto, she's his wife and stage assistant on a world tour that seems never to end. Anita is mildly annoyed by Arturo's constant flirtations, but his death-defying stunts give her nightmares. As for her plan to retire in a farmhouse, forget it. Finally, she's had enough and disappears for real... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She lived at the edge of life - with out-stretched arms . . . too short to reach it! Romance - a baffling reality.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1940 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Eternamente tuya See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$184,500
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Anita Halstead: What if the parachute didn't open?
Tony Halstead: Darling, all parachutes are guaranteed to open. If it doesn't, they give you a new one.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on sheets of stationery, through which someone seems to be flipping. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood Comedy Legends (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

ETERNALLY YOURS
Music by Werner Janssen
Lyrics L. Wolfe Gilbert
Sung behind credits by unknown male singer
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Attractive stars but not much of a story
9 May 2018 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Wealthy and beautiful Loretta Young is all set to marry Broderick Crawford and settle down to a normal life, but for a lark she takes her gang of socialite friends to see the Great Arturo, the magician in town. Next thing you know, she's ditched her family and friends, married Arturo, and joined his traveling magic act.

David Niven is that charming showman Arturo and his bride quickly realizes that he's not only a showman but a thrill seeker--and a party animal, as well. One morning Young and Niven are both surprised to read in the paper that he has drunkenly promised to jump out of an airplane in handcuffs.

Niven thinks, I can't disappoint my audience! I have to do it even if it kills me! Young thinks, Wouldn't it be sweet to have a nice quiet home in the country? Therein lies the conflict that, unfortunately, drags on for the rest of the picture.

Young is fine as the earnest young woman in love with a disaster waiting to happen. And Niven is quite convincing as the out-of-control daredevil who just can't stop himself. However, the question is - What exactly do they see in each other? The characters just don't seem to have any reason to be together.

The strong supporting cast includes Billie Burke, Ray Walburn, Zasu Pitts, and C. Aubrey Smith. Hugh Herbert is very good as Niven's assistant.

It's a handsome production but while the stars do look good it's too bad that neither of their characters seems very bright.


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