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Slim (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 24 June 1937 (USA)
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 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
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Pop
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Tom
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Wilcox (as Joseph Sawyer)
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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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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

Red Blayd: [Toasting] Here's to a long life and a quick checkout.
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Soundtracks

Mother Said to Mabel
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Sung a cappella by Stuart Erwin often, with varying lyrics
Played when Slim gets a postcard from Stumpy
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True to life
11 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not a film critic, but I am a lineman. This film was an excellent example of the lifestyle lived by linemen, even in today's times. In regards to the comments made by "planktonrules", there is no explanation as to why Slim wants to be a lineman, it's a matter of heart. You have it or you don't. Henry Fonda managed to convey this quite well. I do admit the character of Slim is a bit too innocent, but seems appropriate for the background. And yes, for the record, rarely does anyone use true names, mostly nicknames given to you by those who have been there before you. This is a brotherhood, which is well expressed in this film. We wish there were more films like this about linemen.


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