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Reaching for the Moon (1930)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 21 February 1931 (USA)
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 »

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Vivien Benton
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Roger - the Valet
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Sir Horace Partington Chelmsford
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Jimmy Carrington
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James Benton
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Kitty - Aero Girl With Long Earrings
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Larry's Secretary
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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>

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


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21 February 1931 (USA)  »

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Lucky Break  »

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

In the preview print, either five or six Irving Berlin songs were performed, with Douglas Fairbanks reportedly singing one tune. See more »

Quotes

Larry Day: [Vivien has asked Larry for five minutes of his time] Sit down. I'll be with you in just a minute.
Vivien Benton: A minute? Well, that only leaves me four.
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Referenced in Wind at My Back: A Ghost of a Chance (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Folks High Up Do the Mean Low-Down
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Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Bing Crosby, Bebe Daniels, June MacCloy and chorus
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Fabulous Fairbanks lights up the screen.
11 September 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Looking at this film it is impossible to understand why Douglas Fairbanks never made it as a talkie actor. He really is splendid as a high-flying businessman who gives it all up for love. Energy to burn and still striking to look at (at 48 years old - he even has a shirtless scene) his star presence is undiminished by words. But the words are actually pretty good - the film is based on an Irving Berlin musical, but only one song remains (and that is sung for no apparent reason in the middle of the film, by a baby-faced Bing Crosby.)

Also good is Bebe Daniels as an aviatrix and especially fine is Edward Everett Horton as Fairbanks' valet. Their rapport and obvious affection for one another is very touching and provides for some great comic moments.

And the art deco sets are to die for!


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