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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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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.

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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 »

Connections

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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A nice classic comedy
5 January 1999 | by canarioSee all my reviews

This is a nice classic comedy about the romance between a bishop´s granddaughter and a successful magician. Although it isn´t a typical screwball comedy it has the usual charm of the 30´s. One of the things I most like in the film is the naturality of the characters and the relationships between them, without any superfual mildness. It´s also a film about marriage and divorce in a way that I find outstanding for that time and it´s full of funny and emotive situations in the way of films like Ernst Lubitsch Bluebeard´s Eighth Wife. In a funny way, i just want to comment one detail that makes me laugh but I don't know if that was the original intention. It is near to the end, when the magician is going to make one his most dangerous tricks and his assistant wants to stop him because is going to kill himself. The magician calls the police to take the assistant away from him and says: "arrest him, he is a communist!". And it wasn´t witch-hunt time yet!!


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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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