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Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)

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Unable to convince their isolationist New York editor (Charles Dingle) that America must be alerted to the threat of encroaching Nazism, pugnacious war correspondents Johnny and Kirk Davis (Clark Gable and Robert Sterling) are relieved of their European assignments. Back in the USA, Johnny inagurates a rogueish flirtation with Paula Lane (Lana Turner), an aspiring reporter who has harbored a long-standing crush on Johnny. Even so, Paula enters into a romantic relationship with Kirk, prompting Johnny to break up the affair-for Kirk's own good, of course. Paula's hopes for a lasting romance with Johnny are crushed when he refuses to discourage her from accepting an assignment in IndoChina. Later on, both Johnny and Kirk are sent off to cover the war in the Far East, where they are reunited with Paula, now busily shepherding Chinese war orphans to safety. The action moves to Bataan, where Kirk is killed in service of his country, leaving Johnny to write a passionate tribute to his brother-and, by extention, everyone else who has lain down his or her life for the cause of Democracy. During production of Somewhere I'll Find You, Clark Gable's actress-wife Carole Lombard was killed in a plane crash while participating in a war-loan drive; the impact of the tragedy is painfully obvious in Gable's performance, which becomes abruptly less playful and more somber in the final reels. New MGM recruits Van Johnson and Keenan Wynn make impressive appearances in uncredited roles. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Clark Gable
as Jonathon "Jonny" Davis
Lana Turner
as Paula Lane
Robert Sterling
as Kirk "Junior" Davis
Lee Patrick
as Eve "Evie" Manning
Reginald Owen
as Willie Manning
Charles Dingle
as George L. Stafford
Tamara Shayne
as Mama Lugovska
Molly Lamont
as Nurse Winifred
Patricia Dane
as Crystal Jones
Sara Haden
as Miss Coulter
Richard Kean
as Prof. Anatole
Tom O'Grady
as Bartender
Gayne Whitman
as Penny's Companion
Keye Luke
as Thomas Chang
Miles Mander
as Fred Kirsten
Allen Jung
as Sam Porto
Benny Inocencio
as Felipe Morel
Van Johnson
as Lt. Wayne Halls
Ángel de la Cruz
as Manuel Ortega
Keenan Wynn
as Sgt. Tom Purdy
J. Lewis Smith
as Pete Brady
Lee Tung Foo
as Chinese Doctor
Rags Ragland
as Charlie
Luke Chan
as Japanese Soldier
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½

Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) This movie is all over the map, from a romantic melodrama, to kind of a comedy, to an action war movie/propaganda flick. Lana Turner is very hot in this and makes the movie completely watchable. It's starts out with two brothers Kirk (Robert Sterling) and Johnny Davies (Clark Gable) who are both in love with the same reporter, Paula Lane (Lana Turner). Johnny, of course is the cad in all of this and dumps poor Paula after she chooses him over his brother. Paula ships off as a war correspondent, Kirk joins the army and Johnny tries to cover the story while looking for Paula in the Philippines, which shows you how accommodating the army and newspapers really are. Although the movie is really slickly made, it's not their best work, making me think that they whipped it out quickly for the war effort.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge
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Clark Gable showcases his trademark saucy persona in the 1942 melodrama, "Somewhere I'll Find You." His younger brother is smitten by Lana Turner's character, a back-page journalist who unexpectedly is dispatched to front-page Indochina. Gable swoops in and seduces Turner, who he apparently has a history with (which is confirmed obliquely later in the film). Gable's editor/publisher sends the battlin' brothers to search for Turner, who has "vanished" within the vaporous heat stifling Hanoi's steamy landscape. Both find her. Gable wins. Flags wave. It was, 1942, after all, and Gable had just lost Carole Lombard. No mention of Ho Chi Minh, but not a bad film. Gable and Turner blend fairly well, and it's comforting to know the adage "nice guy finish last" (note: Gable's younger brother) holds true even 60-plus years ago.

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