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Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | September 1942 (USA)
Two brother, rival correspondents, find themselves fighting their conservative editor over stories and each other of over the affections of a pretty blonde journalist.

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Wesley Ruggles

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Charles Hoffman (story), Walter Reisch (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Jonathon 'Jonny' Davis
Lana Turner ... Paula Lane
Robert Sterling ... Kirk 'Junior' Davis
Patricia Dane ... Crystal McRegan
Reginald Owen ... Willie Manning
Lee Patrick ... Eve 'Evie' Manning
Charles Dingle ... George L. Stafford
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Two brothers, both war correspondents, vie for the affection of the same girl at the beginning of World War II, and later find her doing orphan work in China. Written by Anonymous

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Together Again - They're Dynamite! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Light See more »

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$1,060,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Diana Lewis (Gertrude) and Gayne Whitman (Penny's Companion) are in studio records for those roles, but were not seen in the film. Jean Rogers was tested for a role in the movie, but she did not appear. See more »

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Jonathon 'Jonny' Davis: You and that babe in there belong together. Like mush and milk. Yes sir. She's the milk... You're the mush, Junior.
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Featured in Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir (2001) See more »

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MGM Propaganda Film
18 June 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Somwhere I'll Find You," released in 1942, was produced amid some chaos. Lana Turner was fired after marrying Arte Shaw against Mayer's wishes, and Esther Williams was given the role. However, Turner got the role back. Filming was halted for five weeks due to Carole Lombard's death. And then Gable wanted the title changed, because he said he wouldn't walk back on the set with the film being called "Somewhere I'll Find You." Supposedly the film's name was changed to "Red Light," probably just to get him through the rest of it.

Since seeing "Cass Timberlane," I've been giving some thought to MGM taking the easy way out with their scripts at times. I think this film is another example. The story is quite ordinary - two brothers (and two pretty unlikely brothers, Clark Gable and Robert Sterling with nearly a 17-year difference in their ages) both interested in the same woman (Turner). All three are reporters; the film takes place right before Pearl Harbor.

This would have been a much more interesting film with more focus on the situation in Hanoi, where the Turner character goes missing, and the efforts of the reporters to get the truth printed so that the average U.S. citizen would be aware of what was really happening. This is touched on, and actually, one of the scenes in the editor's office is very funny. Instead, we have Gable going after Turner because he thinks she's a tramp and bad for his brother, who wants to marry her. You can see the ending coming a mile away.

Keenan Wynn and Van Johnson have small parts in the film. By the end of the war, Johnson would be a very popular leading man at MGM, and Wynn would see bigger roles.

The very end of "Somewhere I'll Find You" is the pure propaganda found in films made during this period. It was an important part of film-making, and it's always interesting to see the U.S. atmosphere in these years. The world was going to change mightily, and so was Hollywood, with its major stars going off to war.

Gable's return would be the most difficult - he was older than some of the other classic stars, a grieving widower, and he would forever be in the shadow of Rhett Butler. When Turner cuts a deck of cards in the film, she gets the King. And that's what we get here, just before he goes into the service.


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