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Big City Blues (1932)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 18 September 1932 (USA)
Seventy-two hours in the life of Indiana man Bud who inherits money and heads for New York City where his cousin Gibbony introduces him to chorus girl Vida for whom he falls. When a girl is... See full summary »

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Mr. 'Stacky' Stackhouse
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Seventy-two hours in the life of Indiana man Bud who inherits money and heads for New York City where his cousin Gibbony introduces him to chorus girl Vida for whom he falls. When a girl is killed by a drunk at a party in his hotel room, Bud is the chief suspect. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Innocents caught in the maelstrom of the Big City...women who take...men who give...living wildly...loving recklessly...madly searching for new thrills! (Glass advertising slide). See more »

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The girl at the party is reading Radclyffe Hall's 1928 lesbian novel 'The Well of Loneliness'. See more »

Quotes

Station Agent: Say, I guess you're willing to stay around home now awhile, heh? Got enough of New York for good and all. That right?
Bud Reeves: Well, certainly not!
Station Agent: What's that? You mean you'd like to go back to that place?
Bud Reeves: Of course I would! And I'm goin'. It may not be right soon, but, I'll go back. I know I will. New York's alright. It was just me that was wrong. It's a place that sorta takes hold of you. Gets under your skin. Licked me this time. Licked me bad. But, next time, maybe, well, it might be different.
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My Baby Just Cares for Me
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Music by Walter Donaldson
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Early Effort by Some Future Stars
15 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This comedy/drama from the olden days has quite a bit to recommend it.Young rube from Indiana moves to New York City,loses all his money,falls in love with a chorus girl(Joan Blondell),and attends a wild hotel party where the bathtub gin is flowing freely,all in the space of about 48 hours!Some interesting cinematography and that great 30's rapid-fire dialogue which seems to be a lost art these days.Joan Blondell has a very funny scene at a speakeasy craps table.Humphrey Bogart,who was still a starving actor himself at the time,appears briefly in an uncredited role,and as in most of his early roles,has that one moment of unleashed anger that served him so well in later years.Lots of fun.


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