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      Come and Get It

      Released Nov 6, 1936 1h 39m Drama List
      91% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 69% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In 1880s Wisconsin, ambitious lumberjack Barney Glasgow (Edward Arnold) loves saloon girl Lotta (Frances Farmer) but spurns her and marries to advance his career. While Lotta marries his friend (Walter Brennan) and has a daughter, Barney becomes a lumber bigwig by ruthless deforestation. Years later, the late Lotta's daughter, also named Lotta and played by the same actress, becomes the object of affection of both Barney, hoping to recapture the love he lost, and his son, Richard (Joel McCrea). Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Richard Brody New Yorker Hawks transformed Edna Ferber's historical novel into a sprawling adventure of hard-driving masculine will and a tragedy of its erotic limits. Oct 28, 2013 Full Review Frank S. Nugent New York Times Although there is nothing new in the theme, it has been simply and powerfully expressed by a number of admirable performances, and it has been played against an interesting background. Rated: 4/5 Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader The first part of the film, the best, is unmistakably Hawks. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Edna Ferber's novel about Wisconsin's lumbering days, in a fine screen adaptation. Oct 2, 2019 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Stinging look at how big business exploits and destroys Nature. Jul 7, 2010 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Frances Farmer as the hardened beer-hall tart is beguilingly stylized Sep 5, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      j F Wonderful acting, Arnold was fantastic. And a romantic story line that gets all twisted out of shape in a good way! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/11/23 Full Review Audience Member COME AND GET IT has a very strange cast. Having the reliable and talented supporting actor, Edward Arnold, in the lead is strange--especially since this rotund and rather doughy guy is cast as, believe it or not, a lumberjack when the film begins! Seeing him supposedly fight and beat up tough guys seemed pretty funny--especially since Arnold looked as if he'd have had a hard time beating up Frances Farmer--let alone burly lumbermen!! Additionally, having him play a very flawed hero who has a penchant for a very young lady (Frances Farmer) make it an unusual film. The film begins with Arnold being made the foreman of a logging company. However, his ambition is huge and he immediately has his sights set on running the entire company. So, to do so he agrees to marry the boss' daughter even though he could care less about her. Additionally, he'd just fallen in love with a spunky saloon singer (Frances Farmer--in a dual role). Regardless, his ambition is primary and he dumps farmer on his pal, played by Walter Brennan (who received an Oscar for his performance as a nice Swedish guy). Years pass. You see that Arnold's wife is a bit of a cold fish, though they did have some kids and they now own the company. Arnold just happens to visit his old pal Brennan and finds that through the magic of Hollywood clichés, Brennan's daughter (played by Farmer again) is the spitting image of her deceased mother. Arnold is an old lecher and takes her under his wing--with the intention of recreating the relationship he'd had with her mother. When his oldest son (Joel McCrea) finds out, he goes to confront the lady but falls for her instead. Naturally, this sets the son and hard-driven father against each other. Considering that this is based on an Edna Ferber novel, it isn't surprising that the film is about a man building an empire as well as infidelity--recurring themes I've noticed in several of her other films that were filmed during the era (such as CIMARRON, GIANT, SHOWBOAT and SO BIG). As a result, the film has a big and rather sweeping quality about it but is also a study of a hard-driven man who is deeply flawed. Overall, the movie is exactly what you'd expect from such a film--good acting, big scope and a lot of romantic tension. Nothing extraordinary here, but it's enjoyable and competently made. I can't, however, understand how Brennan got an Oscar, as this was far from one of his best performances. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member so the one actress playing two characters was interesting, now I see how she was trying to differentiate the older one with some artifice. It frankly felt pretty racy for its period. It actually held up well. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Pretty good film and interesting story which, surprisingly, did not have a schmaltzy happy ending unlike other films released during that time period. Frances Farmer plays Lotta who Arnold's Barnett Glasgow falls in love with, however, he decides to marry someone else to further his career instead. His friend Swan marries Lotta instead and has a child also called Lotta (also played by Farmer). When Glasgow meets younger Lotta, older Lotta has died and he falls in love either younger Lotta leading to many confrontations. The direction of the film was seamless even though Hawks was replaced by Wyler near the end of production and the editing (especially during the bad fight scene) was pretty impressive and deserved the Best Editing award over Anthony Adverse. Walter Brennan won the first Oscar for his role; which I thought was cartoonish and over the top, but I have not seen the other nominees so maybe he deserved it. The acting, overall, was fine; Arnold laughed and smiled at everything was a bit much and McCrea shouting at Farmer "Well why don't you stop crying and do something?!" made me life because of how unexpected and odd the line and delivery was. So, a pretty enjoyable film with an expected ending. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review steve d I don't want any of it. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review david l Come and Get It is slow and overly melodramatic, unfortunately losing a bit its great ecological message in the process in favor of all the regular melodrama, but its familial elements worked and the same goes for the dialogue and character interactions. It's a superbly acted film across the board with Walter Brennan himself stealing the show in his Oscar-winning performance. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In 1880s Wisconsin, ambitious lumberjack Barney Glasgow (Edward Arnold) loves saloon girl Lotta (Frances Farmer) but spurns her and marries to advance his career. While Lotta marries his friend (Walter Brennan) and has a daughter, Barney becomes a lumber bigwig by ruthless deforestation. Years later, the late Lotta's daughter, also named Lotta and played by the same actress, becomes the object of affection of both Barney, hoping to recapture the love he lost, and his son, Richard (Joel McCrea).
      Director
      Howard Hawks, William Wyler
      Producer
      Samuel Goldwyn
      Screenwriter
      Jane Murfin, Jules Furthman
      Distributor
      United Artists
      Production Co
      Howard Productions
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 6, 1936, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 13, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 39m
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