Somewhere I'll Find You

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Somewhere I'll Find You
Somewhere I'll Find You 1942.jpg
Directed by Wesley Ruggles
Produced by Pandro S. Berman
Written by Charles Hoffman (story)
Starring Clark Gable
Lana Turner
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Harold Rossen
Edited by Frank E. Hull
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • August 27, 1942 (1942-08-27) (New York City)
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,060,000[1]
Box office $4,014,000[1]

Somewhere I'll Find You is a film released by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer in 1942. The film stars Clark Gable and Lana Turner. The film took almost two years to complete. This was the last film Gable starred in before he enlisted in World War II. The next film he starred in was Adventure (1945).

Plot[edit]

In October 1941, war correspondents and brothers "Jonny" (Clark Gable) and Kirk Davis (Robert Sterling) return to the still-neutral United States after being kicked out of Germany. Jonny's boss, isolationist New York Daily Chronicle publisher George L. Stafford (Charles Dingle), refuses to print his story about Japan and Germany's plans for the world, but Jonny tricks him into doing so, and gets fired for his trouble.

When Jonny goes to reclaim his old room from friends and landlords "Evie" (Lee Patrick) and Willie Manning (Reginald Owen), he is annoyed (despite having been away for years) to find they have rented it out to Paula Lane (Lana Turner), an aspiring reporter who wants to work as a foreign correspondent. Ladies man Jonny is very interested in the beautiful blonde, but then finds that his brother already has a relationship with her. A romantic triangle ensues. Despite being in love with her himself, Jonny tries to arrange it so that Paula chooses Kirk.

Eventually, they are all reunited in Manila ... on Sunday, December 7, the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which brings America into the war. Jonny insists that the other two leave on a ship for Australia, while he remains behind to report for the Chronicle, but they sneak back on the pilot boat after he sees them off. Kirk enlists, while Paula joins the Red Cross.

When the Japanese invade the Philippines, Jonny encounters his brother by chance; Kirk is part of a detachment under the command of Lieutenant Wade Hall (Van Johnson) that is assigned to repel a Japanese amphibious landing. Kirk and most of the other defenders die in the fierce fighting. Jonny believes that Paula was also killed, when the hospital where she was working was wiped out, but it turns out she was out escorting a party of wounded there. When they find each other, Jonny sets her at a typewriter and starts dictating the rest of his newspaper story.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was designed as another vehicle for the immensely popular Gable/Turner pairing. Following their success in 1941's Honky Tonk, MGM was looking to capitalize on their new team as it had not seen a Gable pairing this successful since Joan Crawford and Jean Harlow in the 30's. Once filming began, Gable and Turner continued their friendly working relationship.

Filming was suspended for one month when Gable's wife, Carole Lombard was killed in a plane crash. Gable was permitted leave from filming for his grief and the studio even went as far as to prepare to scrap the film. The film was retitled as Red Light but changed back to Somewhere I'll Find You before its release. It was the last film made by Gable prior to his military service during World War II; he did not make another film until 1945.

The film was, like the Gable/Turner pairing in Honky Tonk (1941), a box office success. They later made two more films together, Homecoming (1948) and Betrayed (1954). Both those movies, like "Somewhere I'll Find You," had Gable and Turner serving as comrades and lovers in World War II.

The movie was the film debut of longtime Hollywood character actor Keenan Wynn. He and several other bit players, including future star Van Johnson, had uncredited roles as U.S. servicemen.

Reception[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $2,885,000 in the US and Canada and $1,129,000 elsewhere, making the studio a profit of $1,749,000.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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