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Irving Berlin (based on a story: with music)
Edmund Goulding (written by)
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Release Date:
21 February 1931 (USA) See more »
What excitement! What novelty! What modern day splendor. Fairbanks in a three-mile-a-minute comedy-drama.
Wall Street wizard, Larry Day, new to the ways of love, is coached by his valet. He follows Vivian Benton on an ocean liner... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dated But Pleasant Light Comedy See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Douglas Fairbanks ... Larry Day

Bebe Daniels ... Vivien Benton

Edward Everett Horton ... Roger - the Valet
Claud Allister ... Sir Horace Partington Chelmsford
Jack Mulhall ... Jimmy Carrington
Walter Walker ... James Benton

June MacCloy ... Kitty - Aero Girl With Long Earrings

Helen Jerome Eddy ... Larry's Secretary

Bing Crosby ... Bing
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Conaty ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Marcelle Corday ... Vivian's Maid (uncredited)
Emmett Corrigan ... Timothy Grovener - Bank President (uncredited)
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Vivian's Maid (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Ship's Party Guest Listening to Singer (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Ship's Party Guest (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Flier (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Warden (uncredited)
Toshia Mori ... Coat Girl (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Ship's Party Guest (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Servant Telling Larry London is Calling (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Ship's Party Guest (uncredited)
Kate Price ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Ship Baggage Steward (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Flier (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Reporter Looking for Aero Girls (uncredited)
Luana Walters ... Undetermined Subordinate Role (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock ... Associate (uncredited)

Directed by
Edmund Goulding 
Writing credits
Irving Berlin (based on a story: with music)

Edmund Goulding (written by)

Elsie Janis (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Joseph M. Schenck .... executive producer
Douglas Fairbanks .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ray June (photography)
Robert H. Planck (photography) (as Robert Planck)
Film Editing by
Hal C. Kern 
Lloyd Nosler 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron (decorations)
William Cameron Menzies (settings)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lonnie D'Orsa .... assistant director
Sound Department
Oscar Lagerstrom .... recordist
Theodore Reed .... recording supervisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Cox .... fashions
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Other crew
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter
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USA:74 min (shortened version: some songs deleted) | USA:91 min (original release) | Canada:66 min (Ontario)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:G (Ontario) | USA:Unrated

Did You Know?

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" - which 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 »
Roger:There's a vast difference, sir, between the art of making money and the art of making... a lady.See more »
When the Folks High Up Do the Mean Low-DownSee more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Dated But Pleasant Light Comedy, 13 July 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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