Moon Over Miami (1941): Walter Lang’s Romantic Musical, Starring Betty Grable and Don Ameche

Walter Lang directed Moon Over Miami a romantic musical, shot in technicolor, starring Betty Grable and Don Ameche in the lead roles, and Robert Cummings, Carole Landis, Jack Haley, and Charlotte Greenwood in supporting ones.

Moon Over Miami
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Film poster

It was one of Haley’s last appearance in a major film; after 1943, he made mostly B-pictures.

The film’s original songs were written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger.

The film was originally called Miami, based on a novel by Stephen Powy, before changing the title to Moon Over Miami.

Sisters Kay and Barbara Latimer are working as carhops in a Texas drive-in restaurant with their aunt Susan, the cook.  They are disappointed when notified that an expected inheritance of $55,000 is only $4,000 after taxes and fees. Determined to marry a millionaire, Kay talks Barbara and Susan into spending the money on a trip to Miami, where she hopes to get a rich man.

Barbara poses as Kay’s secretary and Susan as her maid, and the three women check into the Flamingo Hotel. They make the acquaintance of Jack O’Hara, a bartender who goes on and on about his hatred of fortune hunters.

Jack, who becomes enamored with Susan, believes Kay is on the level and so promises to steer her away from gold diggers.

Kay finagles an invitation to a party hosted by rich Jeffrey Bolton, where she meets Phil McNeil, heir to the renowned McNeil Mines. Boyhood friends Jeff and Phil compete for Kay, who cannot make up her mind between the two handsome men, nor does she notice that Barbara has fallen in love with Jeff.

All ends well, as Susan and Jack also come to a romantic conclusion, and the three couples begin their lives together.

Cast
Betty Grable as Kathryn ‘Kay’ Latimer, “Miss Adams”
Don Ameche as Phil O’Neil
Robert Cummings as Jeffrey Boulton II
Carole Landis as Barbara Latimer, “Miss Sears”
Jack Haley as Jack O’Hara
Charlotte Greenwood as Aunt Susan Latimer

Credits:

Directed by Walter Lang
Produced by Harry Joe Brown
Screenplay by Vincent Lawrence, Brown Holmes, George Seaton (adaptation)
Lynn Starling (adaptation), based on the play by Stephen Powys

Cinematography Allen M. Davey., J. Peverell Marley, Leon Shamroy
Edited by Walter Thompson

Production and distribution: 20th Century Fox

Release date: July 4, 1941

Running time: 91 minutes