Reaching for the Moon (1930)

Unrated   |    |  Comedy, Musical, Romance

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Wall Street wizard, Larry Day, new to the ways of love, is coached by his valet. He follows Vivian Benton on an ocean liner, where cocktails, laced with a "love potion," work their magic. ... See full summary »



  • Douglas Fairbanks and Bebe Daniels in Reaching for the Moon (1930)
  • Reaching for the Moon (1930)
  • Reaching for the Moon (1930)
  • Douglas Fairbanks in Reaching for the Moon (1930)
  • Douglas Fairbanks and Edward Everett Horton in Reaching for the Moon (1930)
  • Douglas Fairbanks and Bebe Daniels in Reaching for the Moon (1930)

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20 January 2006 | irvthom1-1
| Merely five minutes of music, but a SUPERB five minutes
While this film was apparently issued as a musical, there is really only a single musical performance in the entire 66-minute version that I saw, lasting only about 4 or 5 minutes. The original issue apparently had more in it, and considering that it was Irving Berlin material, it's a great pity that more of it didn't remain.

That being said, however, the single production number that does come along, 45 minutes into the film, is easily worth the price of admission. Not only is it the earliest extant film version of a Bing Crosby performance (and I swear he was wearing a toupee, even then!), but his solo piece was wonderfully supported by a second from Bebe Daniels, and yet a third, from a sultry-voiced woman who is no longer recalled, and all of it given life by a jazzy dance troupe — not as performers, but as actual dancers. It projects the storied Jazz Age with marvelous resonance, and is a joy to watch.

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