Slim (1937)

86 mins | Drama | 24 June 1937

Director:

Ray Enright

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

Owen Marks

Production Designer:

Ted Smith

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

HR notes that the film took 44 days to shoot. The movie opens with shots of Boulder Dam (which was renamed Hoover Dam in 1947) in ... More Less

HR notes that the film took 44 days to shoot. The movie opens with shots of Boulder Dam (which was renamed Hoover Dam in 1947) in Nevada. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
11 May 37
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jan 37
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
6 May 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jan 37
p. 51.
Motion Picture Herald
3 Jul 37
p. 48.
Variety
30 Jun 37
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr to trmt
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Slim by William Wister Haines (Boston, 1934).
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 June 1937
Production Date:
ended early January 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 March 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7176
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
86
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2874
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Farmboy Slim, fascinated by the high wire lineworkers near his farm, gets his chance to join them when a crewman is fired. Veteran lineman Red Blayd takes Slim in hand and he does well at his job, but both he and Red are fired when they loyally lie to protect their boss Pop Traver. Still, they have been well paid, so the two men take off together for Chicago where Red's girl Cally is a nurse. The three of them celebrate at nightclubs and expensive restaurants until their money runs out. Before Slim leaves with Red to find a new job, Cally begs him to quit this dangerous work before he is seriously hurt. Slim and Red sign on to a crew in the desert where Slim is seriously wounded when crewman Wilcox pulls a knife during a fight. Cally comes to nurse Slim and they fall in love. Slim and Cally tell Red that they want to get married, but Cally changes her mind when Slim turns down a desk job to work on the wires. Disappointed and angry, Slim heads back East with Red to join Pop's new crew. When some wires go down in a heavy storm the men must make repairs near exposed electrical wires. Cally braves the storm to follow them to the site and watches in horror as Red falls to his death. She hopes this will change Slim's mind about the work, but when he goes back up anyway, she tells him she'll be waiting when he comes ... +


Farmboy Slim, fascinated by the high wire lineworkers near his farm, gets his chance to join them when a crewman is fired. Veteran lineman Red Blayd takes Slim in hand and he does well at his job, but both he and Red are fired when they loyally lie to protect their boss Pop Traver. Still, they have been well paid, so the two men take off together for Chicago where Red's girl Cally is a nurse. The three of them celebrate at nightclubs and expensive restaurants until their money runs out. Before Slim leaves with Red to find a new job, Cally begs him to quit this dangerous work before he is seriously hurt. Slim and Red sign on to a crew in the desert where Slim is seriously wounded when crewman Wilcox pulls a knife during a fight. Cally comes to nurse Slim and they fall in love. Slim and Cally tell Red that they want to get married, but Cally changes her mind when Slim turns down a desk job to work on the wires. Disappointed and angry, Slim heads back East with Red to join Pop's new crew. When some wires go down in a heavy storm the men must make repairs near exposed electrical wires. Cally braves the storm to follow them to the site and watches in horror as Red falls to his death. She hopes this will change Slim's mind about the work, but when he goes back up anyway, she tells him she'll be waiting when he comes down. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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