Moonlight Masquerade (1942)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Though musical-comedy favorite Jane Frazee was well established at Universal in mid-1942, every so often she'd head to Republic to star in such confections as Moonlight Masquerade. Frazee is cast as Vicki Forester, daughter of oil-company executive Robert Forrester (Jed Prouty). When the girl was born, Forrester entered into an agreement with his partner John Bennett Sr. (Paul Harvey) that Vicki would marry Bennett's son John Jr. (Dennis O'Keefe) upon reaching her 21st birthday. Never having met, Vicki and John imagine the worst about each other, and both try to figure out a way to earn their respective family inheritances without going through with the wedding. It is inevitable, then, that our heroine and hero will assume phony names somewhere along the line, then fall in love without realizing their true identities. Eddie Foy Jr. provides occasional respites from the film's standard mistaken-identity routines with his manic characterization of "Lord Percy Tickleberry".



assumed-identity, daughter, deception, executive, inheritance, love, marriage-arranged, oil-company