10 user 2 critic

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.



(novel), (screenplay)

Watch Now

From $14.99 (SD) on Amazon Video



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Way Down East (1935)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A family living on a farm in Maine takes in a young woman to stay with them, not knowing that the woman is not quite what she seems and has a secret in her past that she hasn't told them about.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Henry Fonda, Slim Summerville
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Mary Donnell, a young legal secretary with a past, elopes with a client's son, but his father has the marriage annulled without knowing she's pregnant.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Anita Louise
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Charming love story set on the Erie Canal in the mid-19th Century. A farmer works on the canal to earn money to buy a farm. He meets a cook on a canal boat, but she can't even consider ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Henry Fonda, Charles Bickford
Comedy | Romance | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Jonathan Street is a struggling composer when he meets and marries Annette. The problem is that Jonathan was drunk and does not want to be married. Annette does go with him to Paris and ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Lily Pons, Henry Fonda, Eric Blore
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Friends since childhood, two men are on opposite sides in a salmon fishing conflict.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: George Raft, Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour
Blockade (1938)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A simple peasant is forced to take up arms to defend his farm during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way he falls in love with Russian whose father is involved in espionage.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Madeleine Carroll, Henry Fonda, Leo Carrillo
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

College sweethearts Julie and Ives have planned to marry as soon as school is over. Their plans go amiss when Julie meets a weak writer and runs off to marry him. After her husband dies, ... See full summary »

Directors: Joshua Logan, Arthur Ripley, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Joan Bennett, Henry Fonda, Louise Platt
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Director: Leigh Jason
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A feud, the origins of which can barely be remembered, has been boiling for decades between two sheltered mountain families, the Tollivers and the Falins. With plans to build a railroad ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

First Technicolor movie shot in the British Isles, features Gypsies, horse racing, singing and romance.

Directors: Harold D. Schuster, Glenn Tryon
Stars: Annabella, Henry Fonda, Leslie Banks
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The public defender's secretary and an ex-convict get married and try to make a life together, but a series of disasters sends their lives spiraling out of control.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A comedy about marriage and everything relating to it. New York novelist Henry Fonda meets up with an actress, Margaret Sullavan, and the two date and later marry, though neither knows of ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Margaret Sullavan, Henry Fonda, Charles Butterworth


Cast overview, first billed only:
Red Blayd
Wilcox (as Joseph Sawyer)
Wyatt Ranstead
Stumpy's Girl
Harland Tucker ...
Lafe Garrettson (as Harlan Tucker)
Joe King ...
Steve (as Joseph King)
Archie Robbins ...
Joe Braithewaite (as James Robbins)
Henry Otho ...


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Clear All Wires For Thrills You Won't Forget! See more »


Drama | Romance






Release Date:

24 June 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alta Tensão  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Slim Kincaid: How come they asked him to be a boss and he won't?
Clarence 'Stumpy' Stump: How come anything about Red? He does what he wants to do, not what other people want. Nobody knows where he come from or where he's going to. But any outfit in the country would want old Red to work for them.
See more »


References Bureau of Missing Persons (1933) See more »


Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
(1922) (uncredited)
Written by Fred Fisher
Played as background music when the men arrive in Chicago
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD ? thundercloud47
Discuss Slim (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: