Heavenly Body, The: Hall’s Romantic Comedy, starring William Powell and Hedy Lamarr.

Alexander Hall directed The Heavenly Body, a romantic comedy, starring William Powell and Hedy Lamarr.

Based on a story by Jacques Théry, with a screenplay by Michael Arlen and Walter Reisch, the film is about the beautiful wife of a professorial astronomer who becomes convinced that she will meet her true love.

Lamarr plays Vicky Whitley, a neglected wife who turns to an astrologer for help.  She is told that she will meet and fall in love with a handsome stranger, much to the dismay of her astronomer husband.

Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr., The Heavenly Body (The Stars Can Wait) was released by MGM on March 23, 1944.

The Heavenly Body marked William Powell’s first picture since Crossroads, in 1942, in which he co-starred for the first time with Hedy Lamarr. That film’s success prompted MGM to re-team them.

William Powell as William S. Whitley
Hedy Lamarr as Vicky Whitley
James Craig as Lloyd X. Hunter
Fay Bainter as Margaret Sibyll
Henry O’Neill as Professor Stowe
Spring Byington as Nancy Potter
Robert Sully as Strand
Morris Ankrum as Dr. Green
Franco Corsaro as Sebastian Melas
Connie Gilchrist as Beulah
Max Willenz as Dr. Gurtchakoff
Earl Schenck as Forbes