Come and Get It (1936)

Come and Get It




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Set in the woodlands of Wisconsin, Come and Get It stars Edward Arnold as a logger-turned-lumber tycoon. In his rise to the top, Arnold loses out on a chance for lasting happiness by spurning earthy dance hall girl (Frances Farmer), who marries his best pal (Walter Brennan) on the rebound. Marrying for position rather than love, Arnold becomes a society leader in Milwaukee. His son (Joel McCrea) falls in love with the daughter of Arnold's first love (Frances Farmer plays both mother and … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jane Murfin, Jules Furthman
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On DVD: Mar 8, 2005
United Artists



as Barney Glasgow

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as Richard Glasgow

as Swan Bostrom

as Evvie Glasgow

as Tony Schwerke

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as Emma Louise Glasgow

as Gunner Gallagher

as Sid Le Maire

as Steward

as Chore Boy

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Critic Reviews for Come and Get It

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Hawks transformed Edna Ferber's historical novel into a sprawling adventure of hard-driving masculine will and a tragedy of its erotic limits.

Full Review… | October 28, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The first part of the film, the best, is unmistakably Hawks.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Stinging look at how big business exploits and destroys Nature.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Classic Film and Television

Frances Farmer as the hardened beer-hall tart is beguilingly stylized

Full Review… | September 5, 2009

Audience Reviews for Come and Get It

This movie does have it's funny moments, but most of the time it's talky and boring.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Overlooked melodrama about a lumber tycoon who marries to further his career and abandons the woman he truly loves. Credible production is perhaps more fascinating for its behind-the-scenes shenanigans. Howard Hawks was fired by producer Samuel Goldwyn after directing the first half, and subsequently hired William Wyler to complete the film. This is reflected in the shifting storyline. Starts out as virile logging adventure then fades into an over plotted soap opera, all the while distinguished by solid performances. Character actor Edward Arnold stars as Barney Glasgow, the businessman determined to succeed. As both mother and daughter, troubled actress Frances Farmer is also worth watching in one of her rare film performances. Interestingly it was Walter Brennan who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his likable but unremarkable work as Glasgow's lifelong friend. Sweeping drama is also notable for the extraordinary logging sequences in the first half.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

This film's major recommendation is it's the best gandering of actress Frances Farmer, who had her traumatic personal life and involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations made famous by the 1982 biopic "Frances."

Jessica Lange portrayed Farmer in "Frances" -- and seeing Farmer in "Come and Get It" makes plain that the resemblance between the two stars goes far beyond uncanny. For most of the film I felt as though I were actually watching Lange. Well, an even more talented version of Lange, truth be told. Lange took both an Oscar and Golden Globe nod for her work in "Frances." Lange's work and nods put to bed the dumb blonde stereotype she had been saddled with by her film debut as King Kong's bimbo in 1976.

Farmer, at just 23 years old, is clearly displaying a load of talent and future promise in "Come and Get It," making it reasonably believable that she is the savvy stone-cold saloon gal mother in Act I ... and then the mother's somewhat sheltered adult daughter in Acts II and III. No easy task indeed. Yet Farmer doesn't miss a step skipping across the river from one role to the next ... from savvy bargal-for-hire to smitten-like-a-schoolgirl to naïve teenage-mistress-to-be. It's difficult to watch Farmer so successfully controlling this film and all these roles ... and then imagine that somehow she so thoroughly lost control of her own psyche and her own self-control just six years later.

The actual film & plotline, a success for Sam Goldwyn in 1936, is far less enticing today, playing out the tragic story of Barney Glasgow (Edward Arnold), lumber robber baron. In Act I, Glasgow is the young lumber camp whip who, with his wingman (delivered by consummate wingman Walter Brennan), tear up all logging production quotas, the local Barbary Coast tinged saloon, as well as the heart of hard-hearted saloon gal Farmer. Glasgow dumps Farmer cold to marry the boss's daughter and become CEO, though it's clear enough he loved Farmer. Brennan knows a good catch when he sees one and promptly weds Farmer. Decades later in Act II, Glasgow, now the 50-ish lumber tycoon with his own adult children, pays a long overdue visit to Brennan - - that only after Farmer has passed away - - only to discover that Brennan & Farmer's daughter is nothing less than the spitting image of her mother. Almost any viewer on Earth would be far less clueless - than Brennan seems to be - as to what effect this doppelganger daughter is having on Glasgow, who opens his checkbook wide and starts slipping down into the Act III slope of foolishness and tragedy.

Arnold's delivery of Glasgow the egoist-brought-down is talented enough to maintain viewer interest. And it's even more entertaining to watch Brennan do his wingman bit when he was so young ... and doing it with a thick Swedish dialect, no less. Ja, dazt guud Smörgåsbord!

RECOMMENDATION: Farmer gandering + Glasgow's satisfying self-undoing + Brennan's skilled sidekick bit = a somewhat reasonable investment of viewing time.

TonyPolito Polito

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