A bright romp, THE MOON'S OUR HOME owes much of its best dialog to the married screenwriting team of Parker and Campbell, who were brought in to punch up the script. Fonda and Sullavan had been briefly married and retained their fascination with each other long enough after their divorce to
make this film. She plays a movie star; he's a big-time writer of adventure stories. Both have assumed professional pseudonyms, but use their real names when they're out of the limelight. Under their real names, they meet, fall in love, and get married, though neither knows that the other is
famous. The next few reels are a cavalcade of insults and quips--even at their wedding, the justice of the peace, Brennan, has trouble keeping the peace between them. They honeymoon in a New England hotel and she uses a perfume that he is allergic to. She thinks that his distaste is for her,
however, and she soon exits. Fonda searches for her and they finally meet again and will spend the rest of their lives bickering. Hamilton is funny as the proprietor of the hotel where the honeymoon takes place, Butterworth is Sullavan's persistent suitor, and Bondi scores as Sullavan's secretary.
Sullavan's character may have been patterned after Katharine Hepburn, and Fonda's, legend has it, was tailored from the life of writer Richard Halliburton. Sullavan also married director William Wyler and agent-turned-producer Leland Hayward. Her life and death by suicide at the age of 49 were
chronicled by her actress daughter, Brooke Hayward, in the book Haywire.
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- Review: A bright romp, THE MOON'S OUR HOME owes much of its best dialog to the married screenwriting team of Parker and Campbell, who were brought in to punch up the script. Fonda and Sullavan had been briefly married and retained their fascination with each other… (more)