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Somewhere I'll Find You
Alternate Title: Red Light
Director: Wesley Ruggles (Dir)
Release Date:   1942
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 27 Aug 1942
Production Date:   15 Jan--19 Jan 1942; 23 Feb--6 May 1942
Duration (in mins):   107-108
Duration (in feet):   9,699
Duration (in reels):   11
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Cast:   Clark Gable (Jonny Davis)  
    Lana Turner (Paula Lane)  
    Robert Sterling (Kirk Davis)  
    Patricia Dane (Crystal McReagan)  
    Reginald Owen (Willie Manning)  
    Lee Patrick (Eve Manning)  
    Charles Dingle (George L. Stafford)  
    Rags Ragland (Charlie, the masseur)  
    Tamara Shayne (Mama Lugovska)  
    Leonid Kinskey (Dorloff)  
    Diana Lewis (Gertrude)  
    Molly Lamont (Nurse Winifred)  
    Sara Haden (Miss Coulter)  
    Richard Kean (Prof. Anatole)  
    Francis Sayles (Pearcley)  
    Tom O'Grady (Bartender)  
    Leo Abbey (Bartender)  
    Donald Kerr (Waiter)  
    Gayne Whitman (Penny's companion)  
    Grady Sutton (Man in private dining room)  
    Dorothy Morris (Woman in private dining room)  
    Ray deRavenne (Driver)  
    Luke Chan (Japanese soldier)  
    Keye Luke (Thomas Chang)  
    Miles Mander (Floyd Kirsten)  
    Eleanor Soo Hoo (Ming)  
    Grace Lem (Chinese woman)  
    Mrs. Poo Sai (Old Chinese woman)  
    Allen Jung (Sam Porto)  
    Douglas Fowley (Captain)  
    Benny Inocencio (Felipe Morel)  
    Van Johnson (Lt. Hall)  
    Angel Cruz (Manuel Ortega)  
    Keenan Wynn (Sgt. Purdy)  
    Frank Faylen (Slim)  
    J. Lewis Smith (Pete Brady)  
    Joe Bautista (Typist)  
    Lee Tung-Foo (Chinese doctor)  

Summary: War correspondents and brothers Jonny and Kirk Davis return to New York in early October 1941 after being thrown out of Germany. Their New York Chronicle editor, George L. Stafford, is angry with them for writing anti-Nazi stories and refuses to print their latest about a Japanese-German alliance. By using a ruse with a dictating machine and enlisting the aid of Stafford's masseur, Charlie, Jonny tricks Stafford into relating the story to the composition room, and when it winds up on the front page, he and Kirk are fired. When Jonny goes to the home of his friends and landlords, Eve and Willie Manning, he is chagrined that they rented out his former room, but is pleasantly surprised to discover the new tenant is a beautiful blonde. Jonny does not remember that three years before he had had a date with the woman, reporter Paula Lane, but stood her up by sending Kirk in his place. Amused, Jonny passionately kisses Paula, but when Kirk arrives, he tells Jonny that he plans to marry her. When Jonny tries to discourage his brother from marriage, he is unsuccessful and quickly whisks Paula out to dinner after Kirk leaves. They go to a Russian restaurant, where they kiss amorously, but she quickly leaves. At home, she learns that the Chronicle has just offered her a job she has always wanted as a war correspondent in Indo-China. When Kirk arrives and shows her an engagement ring, she says that she is not right or good enough for him and reveals that she has always loved Jonny. Although hurt, Kirk tells her to be careful and is skeptical that Jonny cares enough to keep her from going to Indo-China. Later that night, Jonny argues with Kirk, who walks out after Jonny bitterly says that Paula's type "rhymes with champ." The next day, Paula tells Jonny that she is flying to China that afternoon, but instead of stopping her, he tells her that she would be nice to have around, but only for a couple of weeks. One month later, Stafford summons Kirk and Jonny to his office and tells them that Paula is missing in Indo-China. Because Jonny is broke and has been blackballed by Stafford, he and Kirk agree to leave immediately. When they arrive in Hanoi, Kirk has no luck finding Paula, but Jonny, who thinks that the disappearance is a fake, goes to newsman Floyd Kirsten, who knows everything about Hanoi. Kirsten, who is very ill, says he knows nothing, but when he retires to his bed, wealthy Chinese Thomas Chang, who is anti-Japanese and has given Kirsten a home, tells Kirk and Jonny that Paula is at the front. All three then go up river and Chang reveals that Paula has been helping to smuggle Chinese children out of the war zone. When they find her, Jonny is surprised at her state of exhaustion and carries her in his arms when she collapses. For several days, Jonny gently nurses her back to health, still telling Kirk that he doesn't care about her. When Paula awakens she tries to tell Jonny that he really does love her and Kirk sees them kissing. Jonny then tells her that she and Kirk belong together and leaves. Soon Jonny is in Manila, nightclubbing and drowning his troubles in alcohol. He is picked up by big-hearted American Crystal McReagan, who recognizes that he is trying to forget a woman and takes him back to his hotel, where he passes out. The next morning, Paula arrives and Crystal graciously leaves after realizing that Paula is the woman Jonny cannot forget. When Jonny sobers up, Paula tells him that she and Kirk are not going to marry. Jonny cannot resist Paula, but the next morning, Kirk arrives and awakens her with the news that Pearl Harbor has just been attacked. Jonny then orders Paula and Kirk to go to Australia for the paper but says that he will stay in Manila. Months after Paula and Kirk board a ship bound for Australia, Jonny goes to the front and runs into Kirk, who says that they never sailed. He enlisted and she has been working at Field Hospital No. 3. Although Jonny knows that the hospital was bombed the previous night, he tries to keep Kirk from finding out. Soon Kirk and some other soldiers go on a special duty to divert invading Japanese forces. Back at the field camp, Jonny dictates a story about the invasion, recounting, among other events, Kirk's heroic death. Just then Paula, who was not hurt in the attack on the hospital, arrives. When she hears that Kirk is dead, she runs to Jonny, and, despite her grief, sits down and types what Jonny dictates about the fall of Bataan, a story that he says is not finished yet--"there is more to come." 

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. (Loew's Inc.)
Distribution Company: Loew's Inc.  
Director: Wesley Ruggles (Dir)
  Horace Hough (Asst dir)
Producer: Pandro S. Berman (Prod)
Writer: Marguerite Roberts (Scr)
  Walter Reisch (Adpt)
Photography: Harold Rosson (Dir of photog)
  Ray Ramsey (Asst cam)
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons (Art dir)
  Malcolm Brown (Assoc)
Film Editor: Frank E. Hull (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis (Set dec)
  Hugh Hunt (Assoc)
Costumes: Kalloch (Gowns)
Music: Bronislau Kaper (Mus score)
Sound: Douglas Shearer (Rec dir)
Production Misc: Jerome Bresler (Unit mgr)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the short story "Somewhere I'll Find You" by Charles Hoffman in Cosmopolitan (Nov 1940).
Authors: Charles Hoffman

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Loew's Inc. 6/8/1942 dd/mm/yyyy LP11531 Yes

PCA NO: 8384
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Sound System

Genre: Romance
Sub-Genre: World War II
Subjects (Major): Brothers
  Romantic rivalry
  Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945
  War correspondents
Subjects (Minor): Children
  Commercial artists
  Hanoi (Vietnam)
  Manila (Philippines)
  Missing persons
  New York City
  Nursing back to health
  Russian Americans
  War refugees
  World War II

Note: The working title for this film was Red Light . According to a news item in HR on 6 Nov 1940, a film entitled Somewhere I'll Find You was to be produced by Pandro S. Berman, with a script by Dalton Trumbo. Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr were announced as stars at that time to follow up their success in the 1940 film Boom Town (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0416). A Dec 1941 HR news item mentioned that Gene Fowler, Jr. was to write the film; however, it is doubtful that either Fowler or Trumbo contributed to the released film. Other news items noted that actress Jean Rogers was tested for "a big role" and Johnny Davis was cast in the film. Rogers was not in the film, and Davis' appearance has not been confirmed. Actor Keenan Wynn made his motion picture debut in the film.
       Production on the film was interrupted between 19 Jan and 23 Feb 1942 due to the death of actress Carole Lombard, who was Clark Gable's wife. Lombard was killed in a plane crash on 16 Jan 1942. For additional information on her death, see the entry below for To Be or Not to Be . Shortly after completion of Somewhere I'll Find You , Gable, who was forty-one years old, joined the Army Air Corps and did not make another film until Adventure in 1945. Gable attained the rank of major and received the Distinguished Flying Cross during his years of military service. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   8 Aug 1942.   
Daily Variety   5 Aug 42   p. 3.
Film Daily   6 Aug 42   p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter   6 Nov 40   p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter   25 Nov 41   p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter   26 Nov 41   p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter   2 Dec 41   p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter   16 Jan 42   p. 4, 14
Hollywood Reporter   19 Jan 42   p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter   28 Jan 42   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   24 Feb 42   p. 1, 4
Hollywood Reporter   28 Feb 42   p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter   22 Apr 42   p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter   24 Apr 42   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   29 Apr 42   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   5 Aug 42   p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily   5 Aug 1942.   
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   8 Aug 42   p. 825.
New York Times   28 Aug 42   p. 22.
Variety   5 Aug 42   p. 8.

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