It Had To Happen

  • 1936
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Crime

This sometimes-interesting crime comedy-drama features Raft in one of his best roles. He's asked to act in this one, not just flip coins or look tough or dance and, under Del Ruth's direction, he turns in a good performance. Raft and Carrillo are Italian immigrants who come to the US in search of their destinies. Raft gets a job digging ditches and does...read more

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This sometimes-interesting crime comedy-drama features Raft in one of his best roles. He's asked to act in this one, not just flip coins or look tough or dance and, under Del Ruth's direction, he turns in a good performance. Raft and Carrillo are Italian immigrants who come to the US in

search of their destinies. Raft gets a job digging ditches and does well. He's taken off digging chores and promoted to the job of waving down the cars to stop them at construction sites. He does this with aplomb and flags down the car of New York's mayor, Stanton, who sees that Raft is not an

ordinary lout but a man who has some pride in what he does, no matter how low the task. Stanton helps Raft get a job with the city and Raft responds by moving up quickly through the bureaucracy until he is a powerful force. But he does it with sincerity and honesty, rather than the usual

back-stabbing associated with moving higher in the civil-service ranks. (He must be a sharp guy, because he loses his thick Italian accent instantly, though Carrillo retains his.) Four years earlier, when Raft came across in steerage, Russell had been traveling first class. Raft now makes a

beeline for her since he is a man of "respect" with the city and feels he can talk to her on a new level. She is now married to banker Dinehart, who is in big trouble for misappropriating funds. To get on Russell's good side, Raft helps Dinehart out of the pickle by arranging for the man to return

the money in order to avoid prosecution. Now Raft is accused of using his position to unduly influence and his career is in jeopardy. Meanwhile, he has been trying to woo Russell, but she is just stringing him along in order to get Dinehart out of hot water. Russell is very cool toward him and

admits to drinking a great deal in order to pretend she liked Raft. In the end, however, Raft beats a grand jury rap and winds up with Russell (could one doubt that for a moment?). A combination of a Horatio Alger tale and CINDERFELLA, this didn't satisfy either one's funny bone or one's tear

ducts.

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