Kicking The Moon Around (1938)

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    • Kicking The Moon Around (1938)

      aka Millionaire Merry-Go-Round



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      In an effort to discover whether his fiancee is a golddigger
      a millionaire's son pretends to have lost all his money.

      Full Cast
      Bert Ambrose .... Himself (as Ambrose)
      Evelyn Dall .... Pepper Martin
      Harry Richman .... Harry
      Florence Desmond .... Flo Hadley
      Hal Thompson .... Bobbie Hawkes
      C. Denier Warren .... Mark Browd
      Leslie Carew .... Streamline
      Julian Vedey .... Herbert Stoker
      Max Bacon .... Gus
      Davy Burnaby .... Magistrate
      George Carney .... Police Constable Truscott
      Edward Rigby .... Prof. Scattlebury
      Maureen O'Hara .... Secretary

      Writing Credits
      Thomas J. Geraghty (story)
      Michael Hogan

      Francis Carver

      Maureen O'Hara's film debut

      Filming Location
      Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Kicking the Moon Around is a 1938 British musical comedy film directed by Walter Forde
      and starring Bert Ambrose, Evelyn Dall and Harry Richman.
      In an effort to discover whether his fiancee is a golddigger
      a millionaire's son pretends to have lost all his money.
      The film marked Maureen O'Hara's screen debut as she
      made a cameo appearance speaking one line.

      A small role for Maureen, in this early film.
      It was to be the first film, in which she had a feature role,
      making an appearance and speaking her first ever line

      While training at the Abbey Theatre, Maureen
      was asked to do a screen test, at Elstree Studios.
      It wasn't all to her liking, but Charles Laughton and his partner,
      Eric Pommer who owned Mayflower Pictures,
      saw it,and offered her a seven year contract.

      The hard work paid off, and in 1938 at the age of 18,
      she got the bit part of a secretary in this,her first film.

      The rest, as they say, is history!!!

      User Review

      Just Sing the "Cheer-Up" Song!!
      31 October 2002 | by pcronin (Chicago)
      This depression-era film of 1938 set in London is great fun to watch and sing along with, too! And the story is fun, too: Ambrose, a millionaire investor who just found out he's struck it rich with another great investment that paid off big, decides to test his fiance Pepper by pretending he's gone bankrupt and is worthless or worse! Naturally she doesn't find it so amusing and calls the whole thing off. This amid his "tramps parade" party where the elite meets the street and hobnobs it with the hoi-polloi featuring among a couple of charming song and dance numbers by Harry Richman including "You're What's the Matter With Me"... Ambrose finds love for a song in the record shop girl who he "discovers" by cutting her a record that breaks up his sceptic pals. Primadonna Pepper the next aspiring Hepburn-wannabe is tricked into thinking she has a film contract awaiting in Hollywood, only to catch Ambrose's sidekick and secretary(Maureen O'Hara in her first feature role to date)play-acting producers on the phone in the next room! Meanwhile workers of the world unite in the park to rally against the oppression of the masses when it is discovered that the good natured accordianist who plays the cheer-up song to the tune of "March Militaire" is the shop girl's uncle she has to bail out every so often. Naturally there is a happy ending and if you get the chance to pick up a copy of this rare find, it is recommended that you will enjoy.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Maureen O' Hara- Kicking The Moon Around (1938)


      To be more specific, here's what Maureen says in his biography:

      "A few days later, Mammy and I were on the mail boat heading to London.

      The first thing I did when I arrived in London was to go and see Harry Richman and thank him for recommending the screen test. He was at Elstree filming a comedy called "Kicking the Moon Around". Mammy and I stopped by the set and Richman introduced me to the film's director, Walter Forde. Since I was there, Forde asked me if I would deliver a line in the movie. Later, after I became a star, I was surprised when the film was released billing Maureen O'Hara as a star in the movie.It's not true.I was not a cast member and do not consider "Kicking the Moon Around" part of my official filmography. I only agreed to deliver the line as a favor to Harry Richman for his having helped me with my screen test.

      I wasn't nervous about my first screen test. I really didn't care one way or the other about it, which, perhaps, was for the best. They rushed me to wardrobe and makeup as soon as I arrived. What happened next still makes me laugh. They dressed me in a gold lamé gown with accordion pleats that hung from my arms like wings, and tranformed me with heavy makeup into a Mata Hari look-alike. The result was that I looked like a ten-dollar hooker. It was ridiculous ........."

      The director took advantage of his fame!
      Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
      French-English translation: poor !!!