Give Us the Moon
|Give Us the Moon|
Original British film poster
|Directed by||Val Guest|
|Produced by||Edward Black|
|Screenplay by||Val Guest|
|Based on||The Elephant is White|
by Caryl Brahms & S.J. Simon
|Music by||Bob Busby|
|Edited by||R.E. Dearing|
|Distributed by||GDF (UK)|
Although made in 1943-44, the film is set in peacetime Britain, a few years after the end of World War II. Peter Pyke, the son of a millionaire hotel owner, had been a RAF pilot during the war but, much to the frustration of his hard-working father, he doesn't want to work for a living and instead wastes his time away, living in his father's hotel (aptly named "Eisenhower Hotel" after Dwight D. Eisenhower who lead the Allied invasion in 1944). So when Peter finds a club founded by people, mainly White Russian émigrés, who refuse to be of any use to society, he immediately joins them.
Production and releaseEdit
The film is based on the 1939 novel The Elephant is White, written by Caryl Brahms and her Russian émigré writing partner S. J. Simon, but the story was moved from Paris in the 1930s to London in the late 1940s. Brahms and Simon provided additional dialogue to director Val Guest's screenplay.
The film opened at the New Gallery cinema in London on 31 July 1944, less than two months after D-Day and almost a year before the war would end in Europe. Film reviewers at the time were not very impressed - The Times reviewer found it to be "a film which opens well [but] ends not with the bang of vigorous cinematic invention but the whimper of overworked dialogue." - but nowadays the film is regarded by some to be "one of the most delightful comedies ever made".
- Give Us the Moon at the TCM Movie Database
- Erickson, Hal. "Give Us the Moon (1944)". The New York Times. nytimes.com. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- The Times, 31 July 1944, page 8: New Films In London Linked 2017-05-12
- The Wonderful World of Cinema, May 19, 2016: Oh! But You MUST See “Give Us the Moon”! Linked 2017-05-12