Watching the Democrat National Convention reminded me of two black and white films from the 1940s that mention Democrats. The first is The Heavenly Body (1944) starring Hedy Lamarr, William Powell, Nancy Potter, and James Craig. It’s about a woman (Lamarr) who’s neglected by her astronomer husband (Powell) who’s pursuing a comet late at night rather than his beautiful wife.
Lamarr’s next-door neighbor (Potter) tries to interest her in astrology as a way to help her sort out her frustrations. At first Lamarr is skeptical given the fact that her husband is a world-renowned scientist and would consider astrology as the antithesis of astronomy. Potter’s character responds to Lamarr’s skepticism:
“You talk as if astrology is something to be ashamed of, like witchcraft or being a Democrat.