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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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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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Humphrey Bogart's first film for Warner Bros., where he would sign a long-term contract four years later and eventually become a star. See more »

Quotes

Bud Reeves: Oh, I don't think you got to really know New York.
Station Agent: I wonder. I wonder if I didn't. I was a telegraph operator and a process server. I was a part-time life guard at Rockaway Beach. I worked on the BMT and drove a taxi. I was a rubber in a Turkish bath. Had a job on the day shift in the Hymnbook factory and on the night shift in the bowery flop house. A job they handed me to work out my rent. I drew wages in a hash house and a chink laundry and a pet shop. For a week I sorted stiffs in the morgue...
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Ev'ry Day Can't Be a Sunday
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Written by Al Jolson
Performed by Clarence Muse at the 55 Club
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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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