Watch Over the Moon
- 1 hr 18 min
'Over the Moon' is a romantic comedy film from 1939 directed by Thornton Freeland. The film features a star studded cast including Merle Oberon, Rex Harrison, and Ursula Jeans. The film follows the story of Jane Benson, played by Merle Oberon, a talented opera singer who dreams of becoming a star in London's theatrical world. She boards a ship to England with her maid, and is accompanied by her producer, Joe, who has a romantic interest in her. On the ship, she meets Sir Philip Ashlow, played by Rex Harrison, a wealthy businessman with a love for music. They fall in love on the voyage, but because of Sir Philip's position in society, he thinks this entanglement will have a negative impact on Jane's career. Upon arriving in London, Jane moves in with her cousin, Lady Susan, played by Ursula Jeans. She gets to work on her career and auditions for a number of roles, while Sir Philip continues to secretly support her behind the scenes. As Jane lands more and more roles, her success starts to create tension with Sir Philip. He loves her and wants her to be happy, but he also knows that society will not tolerate their relationship due to the class differences between them. Despite their love for each other, a series of misunderstandings cause Sir Philip and Jane to grow apart. Jane falls for the attentions of a famous composer, leaving Sir Philip heartbroken. However, fate brings the two back together, leading to a touching and romantic conclusion. The actors in 'Over the Moon' deliver strong performances, particularly Merle Oberon with her stunning portrayal of Jane Benson. Her voice is angelic, and her talent as an actress shines through in every scene. Rex Harrison delivers a convincing performance as well, and his chemistry with Oberon is palpable. The film's cinematography is also noteworthy, with stunning shots of London and the intricate costumes and sets that truly transport the audience back to the 1930s. The themes presented in 'Over the Moon' have remained timeless, and its story and characters remain compelling even today. The film explores the complexities of love and society's expectations, and ultimately delivers a message of hope and perseverance. Overall, 'Over the Moon' is a delightful romantic comedy that deserves a place among the greats of its genre. It presents a charming story that will capture the hearts of audiences young and old.