Turn Off the Moon

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Department store owner Elliot Dinwiddy (Charlie Ruggles) never makes a decision without first consulting his astrologer Dr. Wakefield (Andrew Tombes). Problem is, Dinwiddy's dependence upon the stars to dictate his fate has a negative trickle-down effect on his impending marriage to his secretary Myrtle Tweep (Marjorie Gateson) -- and on the romance between store employees Terry Keith (Johnny Downs) and Caroline Wilson (Eleanor Whitley). Most of the plot is forgotten during the climactic floor-show celebrating the 25th anniversary of Dinwiddy's store, with specialties from pantomimist Ben Blue (cast as night watchman Luke) and Jack Benny Show regulars Kenny Baker and Phil Harris. The film's best moment finds store detective Dugan (Romo Vincent) cutting loose with a Charles Laughton impression. The film editor for Turn off the Moon was Edward Dmytryk, who later went on to a prestigious directorial career.

Cast

Charlie Ruggles
as Elliott Dinwiddy
Andrew Tombes
as Dr. Wakefield
Eleanore Whitney
as Caroline Wilson
Johnny Downs
as Terry Keith
Kenny Baker
as Himself
Marjorie Gateson
as Myrtle Tweep
Grady Sutton
as Truelove Spencer
Romo Vincent
as Detective Dugan
Constance Bergen
as Maizie Jones
Franklin Pangborn
as Mr. Perkins
Pat West
as Photographer
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