December 8, 2011 Subject:
Love the musical number....
But to be honest I found the plot quite flimsy compared to other comedy romances of the early 30's.
I'm not surprised Douglas Sr. is not really as well know for his sound movies. His style of acting and comedy seems really dated. He doesn't really have a leading man voice and lacks the right sort of charisma to be leading man in a sound film. What the hell was he doing jumping up on the walls?
October 19, 2011 Subject:
Spiked drinks, acrobatics and the stock market crash
The good news: This is a lively romantic comedy with snappy pre-code dialog. There even is a fleeting glimpse of overt lesbianism. Excellent production values including a series of lavish art deco sets. A large cast is headed by Douglas Fairbanks (Sr.), Bebe Daniels and the great Edward Everett Horton. Bing Crosby's third feature film appearance. Walter Brennan (uncredited) appears briefly as a reporter. Don't blink or you'll miss Dennis O'Keefe's uncredited appearance as a party guest.
The fast-paced plot has financial genius Douglas Fairbanks in hot pursuit of cold fish Bebe Daniels, during which he resorts to his extroverted acrobatics. Bing sings. Produced and released one year after the 1929 stock market crash, the depression isn't neglected, but of course there is a happy ending.
The bad news: Fourteen minutes are missing from this print, and included in the missing footage are at least three pivotal scenes. If it wasn't for this "Reaching for the Moon" would deserve four solid stars. The overall quality of the existing footage is good.
CAST NOTE: Walter Brennan is missing from IMDB's complete cast list, and this film is missing from his IMDB filmography. Shame! Shame!