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Reaching for the Sun (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 2 May 1941 (USA)
A backwoodsman comes to Detroit to get a job and earn money to buy an outboard motor.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

W.L. River, Wessel Smitter (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McCrea ... Russ Eliot
Ellen Drew ... Rita
Eddie Bracken ... Benny Hogan
Albert Dekker ... Herman
Billy Gilbert ... Amos
George Chandler ... Jerry
Bodil Rosing ... Rita's Mother
James Burke ... Norm
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Johnson
Michael Duggan Michael Duggan ... Little Benny Eliot
Eily Malyon ... Landlady
Regis Toomey ... Interne
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Front Office Man
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Truck Driver
Nella Walker ... Nurse
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A backwoodsman comes to Detroit to get a job and earn money to buy an outboard motor.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade que Nunca Dorme See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Natural Man And Urban Woman
1 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Joel McCrea wants an outboard motor so he can dig more clams, his summer job. He heads down to Detroit, where they pay $5 a day, and hooks up with Eddie Bracken, the wise city dweller. Soon they have the motor and are paying it off, when Joel ups and marries Ellen Drew. He's been wrangling with her since the first reel, so you know they're in love. Ellen has no interest in smelly motors or the open pleasures of the forest. Plus they have a baby.

There's plenty of arguing between McRea and Drew, and a great fight at the plant between McRea and Albert Dekker using heavy equipment, but remarkably little cynicism in this rare William Wellman movie. Instead, it's about types of people and what they need to make them happy. If I wanted to be pompous, I would suggest that McRea is a natural, almost Rousseau-like man. More than that, he sees his woodland life as part of his identity. Throughout the movie, people tell him he can be just like everyone else. He doesn't want that.

It's a particularly good role for Ellen Drew. She was one of those actresses who had a few good roles and did a lot with them, yet never made it to the A list. Here she plays a Wellman woman, smart, argumentative and willing to hold her own.


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