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September 8, 2014

1930 – Reaching for the Moon

Bing Crosby

Reaching for the Moon (1930, United Artists)
Cameo appearance.

Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Bebe Daniels, Edward Everett Horton.

Writer & Director: Edmund Goulding

Producer: Joseph M. Schenck

Summary: Depression comedy remake from a 1917 silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks. This remake, depicting the effect of booze on financier Fairbanks, was originally intended as a musical with Irving Berlin prepping a full score. Unfortunately only two songs were ultimately incorporated into this final version. Bing filmed his scene late at night after finishing his show at the Cocoanut Grove. Bing was uncredited in the initial release, but received featured billing in the film’s 1946 re-issue.

Featured Songs:

  • “When The Folks High Up Do The Mean Low-Down” sung by Bing, Bebe Daniels and June McCloy.

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