The Heavenly Body

The Heavenly Body is a 1944 American romantic comedy film directed by Alexander Hall and starring William Powell and Hedy Lamarr. Based on a story by Jacques Théry, with a screenplay by Michael Arlen and Walter Reisch, the film is about the beautiful wife of a professorial astronomer who becomes convinced that her astrologer's prediction that she will meet her true love will come true. Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr., The Heavenly Body was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the United States on March 23, 1944.

The Heavenly Body
Theatrical Film Poster
Directed byAlexander Hall
Produced byArthur Hornblow Jr.
Written byHarry Kurnitz (adaptation) Irving Brecher (uncredited)
Screenplay by
Story byJacques Théry
Music byBronislau Kaper
Edited byBlanche Sewell
Release date
  • March 23, 1944 (1944-03-23) (USA)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States


A neglected wife turns to an astrologer, who tells her she will meet and fall in love with a handsome stranger, much to the dismay of her astronomer husband.


Production notes

  • Production Dates: 4 May-early Aug 1943
  • The working title of this film was The Stars Can Wait.
  • The Heavenly Body marked William Powell's first picture since the 1942 film Crossroads. Crossroads was also the first time in which Powell co-starred with Hedy Lamarr, and according to modern sources, the success of that film prompted MGM to re-team them in The Heavenly Body.
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