Moon Over Las Vegas
Universal Pictures               
                                                        (Mantan Moreland appears in this picture - see below)

Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Written by George Jeske and Clyde Bruckman
An Jean Yarbrough Production


Released April 12, 1944

   Picture concerns Anne Gwynne and David Bruce, who get court approval for separation, although pair are still in love.  They journey to Las Vegas on same train where husband gets innocently entangled with Vivian Austin.  After rising complications and general marital mix-up and confusions, couple are reunited in happy fashion.

     On the music side there's Gene Austin doing "You Marvelous You" and "My Blue Heaven" in his usual intimate style.  Connie Haines is floorshow entertainer presenting "Touch of Texas" and "A Dream Ago"; Lillian Cornell handles the title song; Jimmy Dodd and The Sportsmen, harmony group, are also on the talent list.  Ann Tirola makes brief appearance with an accordion, while Spanish dance team of Cappella and Patricia catch attention with a fast number.


 

Cast:

Anne Gwynne ... Marion Corbett

David Bruce

Vera Vague
(note: not a typo)

Vivian Austin

Alan Dinehart

Lee Patrick

Addison Richards

Mantan Moreland
(see below)

Samuel S. Hinds

Kane Richardson

Production:

George Jeske and Clyde Bruckman- Writers 

Jean Yarbrough- Director-Producer

Jerome Ash- Cinematographer

Milton Caruth- Editor

Songs: Gene Austin & The Sherell Sisters, Connie Haines, Capella & Patricia, Lillian Fornell, Ann Triola, Jimmy Dodd, The Sportsmen

Mantan Moreland ran away to join the circus at age 12, had success in many years in vaudeville, and then came to Hollywood, where he appeared in hundreds of movies.

Born in Monroe, Louisiana, on September 4, 1901, his is a face familiar to most fans of classic Hollywood.  Charlie Chan fans know him as Birmingham Brown, chauffer to the great detective in a number of pictures for the Monogram studio-- but those films are but a small portion of Mantan's prolific output.

Mantan's wide-eyed portrayals of seemingly countless nervous man-servants and train conductors cause mixed reaction in these politically correct days of a new century.  But whatever the reaction to Mantan's film legacy all these years later, the fact remains that Moreland was a very talented character actor with a great gift of comic timing.  He was one of the movies' greatest clowns.

Moreland's last appearance in a major film was in 1970's "The Watermelon Man."  He died in Hollywood on September 28, 1973, at the age of 72.

Full Storyline

In Los Angeles, Richard and Marian Corbett (Anne Gwynne), a young married couple, file for a legal separation. Because of Richard's poor financial condition, Marian shocks the magistrate, Judge Wilson, when she agrees to forgo any alimony. Upon the advise of Wilson, Richard then acts aloof toward Marian, in hopes of winning her back.

Marian, in turn, takes her aunt Helen's advice and pretends to be headed for Las Vegas in order to see her old boyfriend, lawyer Jim Bradley, in hopes of making Richard jealous and winning him back. Their mutual strategies backfire, however, and end up driving them further apart. Marian and Helen then board a train to Las Vegas, which Richard misses when he literally runs into a beautiful socialite, Grace Towers.

Richard and Grace manage to board Marian and Helen's train at its Arlington stop, but, having lost her reservation, Richard gives Grace his berth. The conductor, however, makes the train-sick Richard join his "wife" Grace in "their" berth, where he is discovered by Marian and Helen. In Las Vegas, Richard and Marian are forced to share a taxi, but every attempt at reconciliation is halted by Helen.

Nearly penniless upon her arrival at the expensive Hotel El Casino, Helen wins, then loses a small fortune at the gambling tables. In the meantime, Richard is forced to dine with Grace, and ends up spending all his money. Richard and Marian are then hired by casino owner Hal Blake, who has been led to believe that Marian is single and Richard is married to Grace. While being trained for their new jobs at Blake's residence, a series of misunderstandings prompt Hal's wife to suspect him of being romantically involved with both Marian and Grace.

Later, while Grace attempts a reconciliation with her jealous husband, Marian and Helen dine with Jim to discuss Marian's separation. That night, everyone meets at Jim's house, as Marian, Grace and Mrs. Blake have all sought the lawyer's representation in their planned divorce cases.

When Jim pretends that his pet gorilla has broken out of his cage, all the lights go out, but soon come back on with all three couples reconciled. Helen, however, is found hanging from a moose head, trying to place gambling bets.

 

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