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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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Comedy | Romance



Did You Know?


The lumber called "skunk spruce" in the film is better known as white spruce or Canadian spruce. The "bull pine' also mentioned is the common name for several species of North American yellow pine trees. 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 »


References Sing Me a Love Song (1936) See more »


It Shall Be Done
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Possibly played as background music
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A charming comedy about an unstoppable salesman.
9 January 2001 | by gort-8See all my reviews

Sadly, this is the kind of movie that Hollywood has forgotten how to make. It's filled with quirky character bits and plot reversals. Briefly, George Brent plays an earnest and unstoppable salesman working for an incendiary boss, and in love with the boss's daughter. I've worked with salesman like this before. They'll go to insane lengths to get the job done. It was fun to see one portrayed on the screen. This was the kind of movie that Hollywood once made that made the public fall in love them. Regrettably, if you want to see this sort of movie now, don't bother going to the local megaplex. Stay home and check out Turner Classic Movies. I'll take a dozen showings of THE GO-GETTER over a single $100,000,000 effects-jammed swollen monstrosity any day. The only special effects that I really want are great writing and great acting. THE GO-GETTER has both.

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22 May 1937 (USA) See more »

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Il nemico dell'impossibile See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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