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The Go Getter (1937)

Approved | | Comedy , Romance | 22 May 1937 (USA)
Billy Austin served on the crew of the USN airship Macon until it crashed at sea during a storm. In the hospital, the captain has given him a watch with the motto of the crew 'It Shall Be ... See full summary »


Busby Berkeley


Peter B. Kyne (story "The Go-Getter"), Delmer Daves (screen play)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ... Bill Austin
Anita Louise ... Margaret Ricks
Charles Winninger ... Cappy Ricks
John Eldredge ... Lloyd Skinner
Henry O'Neill ... Commander Tisdale
Joseph Crehan ... Karl Stone
Gordon Oliver ... Luce
Eddie Acuff ... Bob Blair
Willard Robertson ... Matt Peasely
Pierre Watkin ... Browne
Joan Valerie ... Skinner's Secretary (as Helen Valkis)
Herbert Rawlinson ... Lester
Helen Lowell ... Mrs. Luce
Harry Beresford ... M. M. Barker
Minerva Urecal ... Cappy Ricks' Secretary


Billy Austin served on the crew of the USN airship Macon until it crashed at sea during a storm. In the hospital, the captain has given him a watch with the motto of the crew 'It Shall Be Done' inscribed on it. He was discharged from the Navy after losing one leg to the crash and now needs a job. As he knows lumber, he applies at the Rick's Lumbering Co. and persists by seeing both vice presidents and then Mr. Ricks. The President does hire him and his job is to sell the wood no one wants to buy. Austin thrives and becomes the star salesman of the company. He has also met the daughter of the President and intends to marry. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Release Date:

22 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il nemico dell'impossibile See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The U.S.S. Macon (ZRS-5) shown in the film was one of two Akron-class rigid airships built by Goodyear. It was commissioned in June 1933. The airship was caught in a storm off Point Sur, California on February 12, 1935. Its rigid internal structure suffered a cascading string of failures that also caused massive helium loss and she settled on the water in Monterey Bay and sank with the loss of only 2 of the 66 crew members. See more »


Wife of Mr. J. Brown #2: Ya want John Brown ya say? That goes for me, too, mister! He just left me for a flat-footed, high-steppin', high-yella. And if I ever get ahold of her...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the pages of a magazine... "Cosmopolitan". See more »


Follows Cappy Ricks Returns (1935) See more »


It Shall Be Done
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Possibly played as background music
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High pressure sales
16 March 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The title role of The Go Getter is played by George Brent who after a bit of heroism in losing his leg during a crash of a navy blimp finds himself out of the service. He decides that selling is his forte, but can't get a job.

I'm not quite clear how high pressure selling equates to what Brent was doing in the navy. Still due to a bit of office politics and some help from the boss's daughter Anita Louise, Brent gets a position with Charles Winninger's lumber company.

Winninger is most of the show in The Go Getter. His choleric fits of temper and the almost fiendish delight in the games he plays with his stuffed shirt manager John Eldredge really give The Go Getter the spark it does have. Your sympathies are pulled toward Brent because he's a hero and Eldredge is such a drip.

The Go Getter is a passably amusing comedy. Although you would think people would go out of their way to help someone like Brent, depression of not.

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