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Slim (1937)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  24 June 1937 (USA)
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A veteran lineman takes an awe-struck young farmer under his wing, but problems arise when he introduces him to his occasional girlfriend, a pretty nurse.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Red Blayd
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Slim
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Stumpy
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Cally
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Pop
Dick Purcell ...
Tom
Joe Sawyer ...
Wilcox (as Joseph Sawyer)
Craig Reynolds ...
Gambler
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Wyatt Ranstead
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Stumpy's Girl
Harland Tucker ...
Lafe Garrettson (as Harlan Tucker)
Joe King ...
Steve (as Joseph King)
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Al
Archie Robbins ...
Joe Braithewaite (as James Robbins)
Henry Otho ...
Mitch
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Storyline

Farmer slim joins a group of workers who are building power lines. Foreman Red teaches him all he needs and soon they become friends. When they are fired because they protected their boss in a case when another worker died by falling from a mast because he was drunk, they go to Chicago, where they spend their money and visit Red's girl friend, Cally. Cally, who Red doesn't want to marry because he doesn't want to make her a widow if he has an accident - also falls in love with Slim. On another construction site, Slim is stabbed by a personal foe of Red, when he accused him of sabotaging a ladder Red was going to use to 100 feet. Cally, a nurse, comes to the hospital near the construction site and gets Slim back on his feet. Cally proposes marriage if Slim stops working, but he refuses and joins Red on a dangerous job, keeping the power during a blizzard on the northern Eastcoast. Working next to 88,000 volt power line means taking a deadly risk, as Cally, Red and Slim know.... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Trivia

Davison Clark (Sam), Brenda Fowler (Miss Ferredice) and Tom Wilson (Gambler) are all in studio records for those roles, but were not seen in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When O'Brien and Fonda are driving through the desert, Fonda's wearing a brown hat. but the longer shots of his double shows a white hat. See more »

Quotes

Cally: You see, Slim, I've learned a lot about linemen, and I've learned that it all adds up to oe thing... that some day the parachute won't open.
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Connections

References Bureau of Missing Persons (1933) See more »

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Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
(1922) (uncredited)
Written by Fred Fisher
Played as background music when the men arrive in Chicago
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Buddy / Road Movie
21 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

One of Fonda's earlier efforts and certainly one of his lesser known films. Fonda portrays a somewhat naive, yet over confident young man from a farming background, who longs to become a linesman. O'brien plays the seasoned veteran who takes him under his wing and together, they embark on a journey from one job to another. Reasonably predictable buddy road movie type plot line, although interesting from the perspective of attempting to glamorize the profession in the tradition of" the mail must get through" theme. There is the predictable romance angle, the jealous worker and the inevitable coming of age for Fonda. All in all, nothing terribly special other than seeing two of the screens best actors paired in this family picture.


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