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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
Walter Walker ...
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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Titles of the unused Irving Berlin songs are: "It's Yours"; "What a Lucky Break for Me"; "They're Going Down (Brokers' and Customers' Song)"--which was rewritten as "Wedding and Crash"; "If You Believe"--a revised version was sung by Johnnie Ray in There's No Business Like Show Business (1954); "The Little Things in Life"--provided hit records in early 1931 for Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Orchestra (vocal by Bing Crosby) on Victor, and Ted Wallace and His Campus Boys (vocal by Dick Dickson) on Columbia; "A Toast to Prohibition"; "You've Gotta Do Right by Me" and "(I Ask You) Is That Nice?" See more »

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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
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Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Bing Crosby, Bebe Daniels, June MacCloy and chorus
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Dated But Pleasant Light Comedy
13 July 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

A dated but mostly pleasant comedy, "Reaching For the Moon" has a lightweight story that is carried by its stars, Douglas Fairbanks (in one of his few sound pictures) and Bebe Daniels. Fairbanks is Larry Day, a financial genius with very little social life. He becomes enchanted with Vivien Benton (Daniels), to the point where he abandons his business concerns - endangering his financial empire - to follow her on an ocean liner. Edward Everett Horton is entertaining as the valet who tries to help Day learn how to approach a beautiful woman. While dated in several respects, it is a good-natured story that moves at an agreeable pace, and it also features a singing appearance by a very young Bing Crosby. There is not a lot of depth to the movie, but it is a decent way to pass the time for anyone who enjoys vintage comedies.


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