Moon Over Miami (1941)

Genres - Comedy, Musical, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy, Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

With a war in Europe casting evermore threatening shadows, American movie audiences were happy to take a breather and watch Betty Grable and Carole Landis in Technicolor, probably the best way to escape both the global worries and the heat in that uneasy summer of 1941. A more sober modern viewer, however, may demand a little more of their entertainment than the spectacle of Landis removing her dowdy secretarial glasses to become, well, Carole Landis; and although Florida's Cypress Gardens never looked more breathtaking, the plot about a couple of blondes attempting to trap vacationing millionaires has been done better elsewhere. Happily, Moon Over Miami also features a couple of good songs by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger, plus the comedy of Jack Haley and Charlotte Greenwood. The latter, especially, remains some kind of flexible marvel, all legs, arms, and wisecracks. Itself a musical version of Loretta Young's Three Blind Mice (1938), Moon Over Miami was remade as Three Little Girls in Blue (1946) with the equally flaxen-haired June Haver replacing Betty Grable.