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Come and Get It (1936)

Cast: Edward Arnold, Edward Arnold, Joel McCrea, more...
Director: Howard Hawks, Howard Hawks, William Wyler, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MGM
Genre: Action, Drama, Classic Action/Adventure, Romance, Classic Romance, Classic Action/Adventure, Classic Action/Adventure
Running Time: 99 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Set in the woodlands of Wisconsin, Come and Get It stars Edward Arnold as a logger-turned-lumber tycoon. In his rise to the top, Arnold loses out on a chance for lasting happiness by spurning earthy dance hall girl (Frances Farmer), who marries his best pal (Walter Brennan) on the rebound. Marrying for position rather than love, Arnold becomes a society leader in Milwaukee. His son (Joel McCrea) falls in love with the daughter of Arnold's first love (Frances Farmer plays both mother and daughter). Himself smitten by the daughter, Arnold battles with his son over the girl's affection, only to be shocked back into his senses when the girl reprimands his son, "Don't hit him! He's an old man!" Based on a novel by Edna Ferber, Come & Get It carries two directorial credits: William Wyler was dismissed early on by producer Sam Goldwyn, and when Howard Hawks took over, it was on the proviso that Wyler be given co-directing billing. For his performance as Edward Arnold's Scandinavian cohort, Walter Brennan won the first-ever "best supporting actor" Oscar. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

logjamming by cammelltoe February 19, 2007 - 12:37 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A minor film, perhaps, but still the type that thrills when you discover it while trapped on the couch rehabilitating from whatever ails you. a tough but fair timber mogul sacrifices love for commerce and ends up paying the price. the storytelling is handled with hollywood professionalism and the acting is all solid, especially Edward Arnold in the lead. of note for film fanatics like myself for the stacked talent behind the camera. Greg Toland AND Rudolph Mate are credited DPs (through don't expect anything as bold as "citizen kane" or "grapes of wrath"). Howard Hawks & William Wyler are both credited as director; a quick trip to IMDB confirms that it was Hawks that helmed most of the action until producer Goldwyn visited the set, discovered that Hawks was deviating from the source novel, and showed him the door. Most of the film has that Hawks zip, as well as the male camaraderie and stong willed women that usually appear in his work. Also it's a treat to see the infamous Frances Farmer, here in a mother/daughter double role, strut her stuff before the booze caught up with her.

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