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Reaching for the Moon (1930)

Unrated | | Comedy, Music, 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
Claud Allister ...
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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Bing
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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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Comedy | Music | Romance

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21 February 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lucky Break  »

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1.20 : 1
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Irving Berlin walked off the production and returned to Manhattan after arguing with writer-director Edmund Goulding over the movie's concept. In later years, Mr. Berlin, who had received story credit, would angrily condemn the film as released. See more »

Quotes

Roger: Come this way, my man. I'll show you what's what.
Electrician: [believing that he had witnessed Larry and Roger in a romantic clinch] I ain't your man, and I what's what!
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Reaching for the Moon
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
(heard instrumentally over the opening credits, as background music for a love scene, then briefly at the end)
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Search out the long version, or be confused!
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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