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Reaching for the Moon (1931)


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  • Actors: Douglas Fairbanks, Bebe Daniels, Edward Everett Horton, Claud Allister, Jack Mulhall
  • Directors: Edmund Goulding
  • Writers: Edmund Goulding, Elsie Janis, Irving Berlin
  • Producers: Douglas Fairbanks, Joseph M. Schenck
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W95QUI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reaching for the Moon (1931)" on IMDb

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A millionaire needs coaching from his valet on the ways of love and follows the object of his affections on an ocean liner. He loses his fortune but does he lose the girl?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Underwood on October 27, 2008
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The end of the silent film era in 1929 ushered in a brand new style of motion picture along with rising new stars of the early sound era, and this 1931 production has the best of both worlds. The story and music are by Irving Berlin, with a toe-tapping tune sung by a young and upcoming Bing Crosby, and direction is by Edmund Goulding who wrote and directed many films in the `30s and `40s. The Art Deco sets are by William Cameron Menzies who already made a name for himself in the silent era, and the two lead parts are played by Douglas Fairbanks, Sr and Bebe Daniels, who had both been very popular stars since the mid-1910s. All together, the mix is a charming, pleasant and enjoyable light romantic comedy which has all the flavours of its time, the early 1930s. In fact, the story is set a year or two earlier, at the time of the 1929 Wall Street Crash, in which Fairbanks plays an exuberant `modern financial wizard' called Larry Day, and the equally charming Bebe Daniels is his hard-to-catch love interest. Best remembered for his action-adventure box office hits such as Zorro, Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers in the 1920s, Fairbanks displays much the same dynamic persona and athleticism in "Reaching for the Moon", with his flair for drama carried over into his voice and speech for this, his second `talkie'. Bebe also makes the transition to sound seamlessly with her natural, unaffected personality, while other talented actors like Edward Everett Horton, who plays Fairbanks' valet, add further spice to the mix and balance the variety of characters in this film.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Underwood on April 10, 2004
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This is a charming and delightful comedy with flavours of early 1930s flair and Art Deco styles, Irving Berlin Jazz and echoes of the Wall Street Crash to add some solemn notes and depth. It is a simple story about two successful and wealthy people who have given up on finding love, but a playful bet by one of them brings them together, though not without a few hiccups at first.
I bought this video mainly because I wanted to hear Douglas Fairbanks Sr in a "talkie", after having enjoyed his more famous swashbuckling films of the 1920s, and I was not at all disappointed. He successfully transferred his silent charisma to speech, making his character, Larry Day, stand out from the crowd, and especially so when he executes his trademark acrobatics with grace and agility.
The leading lady, Bebe Daniels, is also a pleasure to watch, especially in a short duel with a young-looking Bing Crosby!
I'm sure this film would be a treat for anyone who enjoys 1930s films, or who always finds Douglas Fairbanks thoroughly entertaining, no matter which role or era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on August 28, 2012
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Douglas Fairbanks' second talkie (and first commercial failure) was this Depression-era romantic comedy. Seen today, "Reaching for the Moon" (1931) benefits from a lively cast, Doug's occasional acrobatics and William Cameron Menzies' stunning Art Deco sets. In his second film appearance, Bing Crosby croons Irving Berlin's "When the Folks High-Up Do That Mean Low-Down." An intriguing pre-Code curio. Unfortunately, the original 91-minute version has yet to resurface, with edited prints ranging from 62 to 74 minutes.
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