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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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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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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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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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You can take the boy out of the country...
29 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I noticed that one of the reviews complained about the quality of the print on the DVD for this film. I saw it on YouTube instead...and the print was also pretty poor as well. Not sure if there's a better copy out there somewhere.

Russ (Joel McCrea) is a man of simple wants and needs. He works part of the year as a lumberman and the rest of the time he digs clams for a living. However, when he is told that the auto assembly plant in the big city pays great wages, he goes there to earn the money to buy an outboard motor for his clam-digging boat. But his new buddy Benny (Eddie Bracken) warns him that many folks come to the city for a short-term job but end up staying. Naturally, this foreshadows Russ falling in love and getting married to Rita (Ellen Drew)...and his dreams of returning to the countryside seem distant...if not gone forever. On top of that...Rita has absolutely no interest in living in the woods.

Overall, this is an okay film. It does give you a glimpse at the tail end of the Depression...which is unusual as most films give viewers the impression there never was a depression! But the story provides nothing that exciting or interesting...and it's a decent time-passer and nothing more.


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