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Turn Off the Moon (1937)

The manager of a large department store consults the starry heavens when he needs answers to perplexing problems.


Lewis Seiler


Mildred Harrington (story), Marguerite Roberts (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Ruggles ... J. Elliott Dinwiddy (as Charlie Ruggles)
Eleanore Whitney ... Caroline Wilson
Johnny Downs ... Terry Keith
Kenny Baker ... Kenny Baker
Phil Harris ... Phil Harris (as Phil Harris and His Orchestra)
Ben Blue ... Luke
Marjorie Gateson ... Myrtle Tweep
Grady Sutton ... Truelove Spencer
Romo Vincent ... Detective Dugan
Andrew Tombes ... Dr. Wakefield
Constance Bergen ... Maizie Jones
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Perkins
The Albee Sisters The Albee Sisters ... The Albee Sisters
The Fanchonettes The Fanchonettes ... The Fanchonettes
Floyd Christy Floyd Christy ... Specialty Act


The manager of a large department store consults the starry heavens when he needs answers to perplexing problems.

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Plot Keywords:

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Comedy | Musical







Release Date:

14 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apaga a Lua See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Seattle 17 February 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7) but its lack of importance, comparative age, obscurity, and absence of well known players doomed it to infrequent airings mostly in the least predominant markets; it was not taken off the shelf again until it next aired in Minneapolis 12 September 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Johnstown 18 May 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6) and in Pittsburgh 13 June 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2). See more »


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Forgettable Musical
22 April 2013 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

I have seen quite a number of Paramount musicals from the 1930s and it has to be said that it just wasn't their forte.The lead is Charlie Ruggles,and though i like him,he does tend to rely on some rather tiresome mannerisms.Ben Blue is in support and we get a lot of what i suppose would have been his vaudeville routine,which is not really that funny.The two juvenile leads are both forgotten actors.The musical score is fairly indifferent.Given that there are not many good vocalists they introduce Kenny Baker for one song.He doesn't have much competition bearing in mind Phil Harris tries to sing a couple of songs.None of the musical numbers are memorable either in their conception or staging.RKO ,Warners and MGM were far better at musicals in the thirties.

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