MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,532 this week

Reaching for the Moon (1930)

6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 221 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 3 critic

Wall Street wizard, Larry Day, new to the ways of love, is coached by his valet. He follows Vivian Benton on an ocean liner, where cocktails, laced with a "love potion," work their magic. ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(based on a story: with music), , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video + 1 more

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 82 titles
created 07 Aug 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 28 May 2013
 
a list of 222 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 53 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Reaching for the Moon (1930)

Reaching for the Moon (1930) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Reaching for the Moon.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.

Director: Harold Young
Stars: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey
The Gaucho (1927)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A girl is saved by a miracle after she falls from a cliff in the Argentine Andes, and is blessed with healing powers. A shrine is built on the site, and a whole city grows around it, rich ... See full summary »

Director: F. Richard Jones
Stars: Lupe Velez, Joan Barclay, Eve Southern
King of Jazz (1930)
Animation | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This revue presents its numbers around the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman, besides that it shows in it's final number that the European popular music are the roots of American popular music... See full summary »

Directors: John Murray Anderson, Pál Fejös
Stars: Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed.

Director: Fred Niblo
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Robert McKim
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A pair of hit songwriters fall in love with an ex-film star and her friend, but a blackmailer arrives to disrupt the romances. Based on William Field's short story "Temperamental Lady."

Director: Ralph Staub
Stars: Roger Pryor, Grace Bradley, William Newell
Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Seeking revenge, an athletic young man joins the pirate band responsible for his father's death.

Director: Albert Parker
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove, Tempe Pigott
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

D'Artagnan sings and fronts for slapstick cowardly Ritz brothers posing as musketeers.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Don Ameche, The Ritz Brothers, Binnie Barnes
Dream House (1932)
Comedy | Musical | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Del Lord
Stars: Bing Crosby, Ann Christy, Kathrin Clare Ward
Mr. Imperium (1951)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A beautiful singer/dancer turned actress and playboy crown prince turned monarch have their clandestine romance interfered with by their changing circumstances.

Director: Don Hartman
Stars: Lana Turner, Ezio Pinza, Marjorie Main
The Eagle (1925)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A wanted Russian lieutenant becomes a masked vigilante seeking vengeance upon the man who stole his family's land, only to fall for his charming daughter.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, Louise Dresser
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An investigative reporter romances a suspected smuggler's daughter.

Director: James Cruze
Stars: Ben Lyon, Claudette Colbert, Ernest Torrence
Riptide (1934)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Park Avenue party-girl Mary (Norma Shearer) and staid English nobleman, Lord Phillip Rexford (Herbert Marshall) are married on a lark, they live happily in London. He must travel to America... See full summary »

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Herbert Marshall
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Larry Day
...
Vivien Benton
...
Roger - the Valet
Claud Allister ...
Sir Horace Partington Chelmsford
Jack Mulhall ...
Jimmy Carrington
Walter Walker ...
James Benton
...
Kitty - Aero Girl With Long Earrings
...
Larry's Secretary
...
Bing
Edit

Storyline

Wall Street wizard, Larry Day, new to the ways of love, is coached by his valet. He follows Vivian Benton on an ocean liner, where cocktails, laced with a "love potion," work their magic. He then loses his fortune in the market crash and feels he has also lost his girl... Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What excitement! What novelty! What modern day splendor. Fairbanks in a three-mile-a-minute comedy-drama.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 February 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lucky Break  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(shortened) | (original release) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Initially, Busby Berkeley was announced to choreograph the picture. See more »

Quotes

Roger: There's a vast difference, sir, between the art of making money and the art of making... a lady.
See more »


Soundtracks

When the Folks High Up Do the Mean Low-Down
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Bing Crosby, Bebe Daniels, June MacCloy and chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It could have been much better
25 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was supposed to be a musical, but by 1930 audiences had tired of at least the "All Singing" part of "All Talking, All Singing, All Dancing" movies. Virtually everyone's first talking picture was a musical, and there just wasn't enough good music to go around. Theaters were even putting up signs in the cases of movies that sounded like they might be musicals with statements that read "This is not a musical" so as not to repel audiences. This situation lasted until 1933.

In this case, the movie probably would have been much better if it had gone through with the originally planned musical format. The introductory titles show that the music was written by Irving Berlin, and the cast even includes crooner Bing Crosby, who was so good in "The King of Jazz" that came out that same year. Instead, there is only one musical number two-thirds of the way into the film, and that is the only place we get to see or hear Bing Crosby. On top of that, Bebe Daniels, the lead actress, was a much better singer than she was an actress. Thus making this a romantic comedy of sorts really took away from all that she could have brought to the movie.

What you're left with is a little bit more than a shell of a movie. It seems like nobody bothered to fill in the blanks left by the depletion of the would-have-been musical numbers. I give this movie six stars instead of five mainly because of the historical value. Douglas Fairbanks would make only two more movies after this one. Someone else has already mentioned the factor his voice played in the end of his talkie career. It is worth mentioning that his voice isn't outright bad, but it just doesn't match the swashbuckling image he had developed during the silent era. It's a higher pitch than what you're expecting. It is great fun to see him doing some of his trademark acrobatic moves during the film, and it's hard to believe a man of almost 50 could still be so agile and have such a youthful and vigorous appearance. Particularly entertaining is Edward Everett Horton as the valet. He had a good career in silent films, but he would do even better as a character actor in the age of talking pictures where dialogue really allowed him to shine as a well-meaning if somewhat befuddled character in a myriad of films. Also, various sets in the film show off some fine and interesting examples of 1930 architecture, and it is interesting to see how the early stages of the depression were interpreted by people at the time. In 1930 the stock market sell-off is still portrayed as a "panic" and a temporary set-back that has merely bankrupted a few high-rolling financiers.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Reaching for the Moon (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?