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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.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

William Wister Haines (novel), William Wister Haines (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Red Blayd
Henry Fonda ... Slim
Stuart Erwin ... Stumpy
Margaret Lindsay ... Cally
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Pop
Dick Purcell ... Tom
Joe Sawyer ... Wilcox (as Joseph Sawyer)
Craig Reynolds ... Gambler
John Litel ... Wyatt Ranstead
Jane Wyman ... Stumpy's Girl
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Lafe Garrettson (as Harlan Tucker)
Joe King ... Steve (as Joseph King)
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Al
Archie Robbins ... Joe Braithewaite (as James Robbins)
Henry Otho 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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They're Two of a Kind Twentieth Century Cavaliers Taking Their Romance on the Run! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta Tensão See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Slim Kincaid: Pop, it wasn't Red dropped that wrench. It was me.
Pop: Well, everybody makes mistakes, but, remember, when you drop a wrench, make sure it ain't still in your hand.
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Connections

Referenced in Fonda on Fonda (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
(1922) (uncredited)
Written by Fred Fisher
Played as background music when the men arrive in Chicago
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Not a good movie
2 July 2014 | by Martha WilcoxSee all my reviews

This is a poorly written, directed and acted film, although there are some good camera shots when the characters are climbing up the electrical pole. It has shades of 'Manpower' with Edward G. Robinson about it, but neither film provides any engaging characters or compelling storyline. The film is pedestrian and just plods along at a snail's pace throughout. We don't care about the characters or the situations they are in. I don't know how this got made, but it is a poor excuse for a film that only adds to Henry Fonda's credits. I don't believe him as a tough man, although you do see scars on his face when he gets into a brawl. He is youthful looking and naive, but there is nothing else to commend this film.


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