Turn Off the Moon

Turn Off the Moon is a 1937 American comedy film directed by Lewis Seiler, written by Mildred Harrington, Marguerite Roberts, Paul Gerard Smith and Harlan Ware, and starring Charlie Ruggles, Eleanore Whitney, Johnny Downs, Kenny Baker, Phil Harris and Ben Blue. It was released on May 14, 1937, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

Turn Off the Moon
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLewis Seiler
Produced byFanchon Royer
Screenplay byMildred Harrington
Marguerite Roberts
Paul Gerard Smith
Harlan Ware
StarringCharlie Ruggles
Eleanore Whitney
Johnny Downs
Kenny Baker
Phil Harris
Ben Blue
Music byJohn Leipold
CinematographyTed Tetzlaff
Edited byEdward Dmytryk
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 14, 1937 (1937-05-14)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


Star-gazing department store owner J. Elliott Dinwiddy believes everything an astrologist, Dr. Wakefield, tells him. So when he supposedly can win the heart of secretary Myrtle Tweep just by arranging a love match between a boy and girl by a certain hour that night, while the stars are in alignment, Dinwiddy is determined to do just that.

He singles out Caroline Wilson, a dancer who happened to be in the store. Dinwiddy plays cupid to pair her with Terry Keith, a popular songwriter who has been giving musical help to Dinwiddy's no-talent son. A few mixups later, Caroline gets arrested, Dinwiddy does, too, and when Myrtle gets a call, she's no help at all. Wakefield extends the deadline, giving time for Dinwiddy to get the couples in question back together.



  1. "Turn Off the Moon (1937) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  2. "Turn-off-the-Moon - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-06-24.

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