Another actress I’ve discovered lately (in addition to Marian Davies) is Bebe Daniels whom I only knew from her life in the UK with her husband Ben Lyon. Their BBC radio series “Life With The Lyons” was very popular in the 1950s.
I had no idea Bebe had been a big silent star and made a smooth transition into talkies, with a lovely singing voice.
I’ll be writing more about Bebe in the future.
Reaching For The Moon was of interest as it was originally to have had 5 or 6 Irving Berlin songs. .The version released by ran 57 minutes and had one (great) song. The film was originally 20 to 25 minutes longer.
The print is pretty poor, and it looks as if more was spent on the dvd cover.

Bebe Daniels

Bebe Daniels

The plot is so weak,I felt sorry for Bebe and Douglas Fairbanks. She is a rich man’s daughter (and aviatrix!) and for a prank, says she’ll make financial wizard Fairbanks fall for her – which he does. She quickly leaves for Europe,only to have him follow her and board the liner she is on.
Fairbanks is supposed to be a man with little interest in women, and his valet,Edward Everett Horton, gives him some pointers for wooing Bebe.

I liked Fairbanks’ style though throwing in some acrobatics seemed a bit silly.

Best 5 minutes of the film is when Bing Crosby appears (on the liner) and he and Bebe do a song called “When the folks high up do a Mean Low-Down” – great Berlin song , so well sung by the two of them.

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  1. I don’t know much about Bebe Daniels either. Have to check this one out-especially with Bing in it. Fairbanks was a silent movie star, playing physically demanding roles, often swashbuckling hero-types…I bet having him do some acrobatics was a plot device to appeal to his silent film fans.

  2. Shame on Oldies! There’s a 74-minute version on YouTube.

    I remember listening to Life with the Lyons during every Saturday lunch when I was a nipper. It was only a few years ago that I discovered what an interesting character Bebe Daniels actually was. For starters, she was the femme fatale in the first (not very good) movie version of The Maltese Falcon, Dangerous Female (1931).

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