Sunday, September 22, 2013

100 Words on… Come and Get It

Worth seeing for the star-making performance of the great Frances Farmer, who burned out a few years later, Come and Get It starts as a Hawksian portrait of manly “pine monkeys” at work, the captain of industry who leads them (Edward Arnold) and the gutsy woman who loves him (Farmer), complete with thrilling sequences of trees careening downhill and torpedoing into the water as men stand coolly just out of reach. The second half, in which the rich, now thoroughly civilized Arnold character stumbles through a midlife crisis triggered by his longing for his lost love’s daughter (also Farmer), feels like a different movie, maybe because Hawks was replaced midway through the shoot by William Wyler.

Written for The L Magazine

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