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Reaching for the Moon (1930)

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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. ... See full summary »



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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
Helen Jerome Eddy ...
Larry's Secretary


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 <>

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


Comedy | Music | Romance


Unrated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

21 February 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lucky Break  »

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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Prior to Douglas Fairbanks taking the male lead, Lawrence Gray and Jack Whiting had been candidates to play the financial baron Larry Day. See more »


Roger: I beg pardon, sir. Do you ever dream of girls?
Larry Day: [laughs] No, when I dream, it's usually about horses.
Roger: Technically, much safer, sir.
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When the Folks High Up Do the Mean Low-Down
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Bing Crosby, Bebe Daniels, June MacCloy and chorus
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16 August 2005 | by (Chattanooga, TN) – See all my reviews

At not quite 71 minutes, the version of this film that I have seen is even shorter than the theatrically shortened version listed by IMDb, although it does retain the Crosby footage. Perhaps the severe editing is one reason that I found this to be the most confused (and confusing) film of its period. We are given no clue as to why characters suddenly behave in a completely different way than they have previously conducted themselves, allegiances dissolve and reform for no apparent reason, and what might have made for an interesting plot twist (the introduction of drugs into a cocktail by Horton as valet) becomes no more than an excuse for Fairbanks's financial wizard to leap around his stateroom like a monkey playing football. Still, all the actors seem to be giving it everything they've got, trying to put the script across, and being able to see the three leads and Bing at the top of their games is the only thing that makes this movie watchable.

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