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Big Brown Eyes (1936)

 |  Comedy, Mystery  |  3 April 1936 (USA)
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Sassy manicurist Eve Fallon is recruited as an even more brassy reporter and she helps police detective boyfriend Danny Barr break a jewel theft ring and solve the murder of a baby.

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Russ Cortig
Alan Baxter ...
Cary Butler
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Chesley Cole
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Bessie Blair
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Benjamin 'Benny' Battle
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Don Butler (as Henry Kleinbach)
Joe Sawyer ...
Jack Sully
Dolores Casey ...
Cashier
Doris Canfield ...
Myrtle
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Helen Brown ...
Bereaved Mother
Sam Flint ...
Martin
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Dan Barr is a flatfoot on the trail of jewel robbers. Eve Fallon is his girl of 5 years. We meet them spitting and sparring, but never doubting they're in love. Eve is a manicurist, with an eye for news. Soon after we meet her, she's out of the beauty salon and into the news-room as an ace reporter. With Eve's help, Dan nabs one of the jewel gang members, Cortig, whose stray bullet killed a baby in the park. A spooked witness and a slick lawyer get Cortig off. Disgusted with the lack of justice, Dan quits the force to find his own justice. Eve, likewise, quits the paper and returns to her job as manicurist. While giving a manicure, Eve unwittingly discovers that a prominent local citizen is the jewel gang's leader. All the while, Dan is hot on the trail. Their trails merge and the case is solved. Written by Debbie Dunlap <dunlap@mail.tqci.net>

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3 April 1936 (USA)  »

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Aqueles Olhos Negros  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Barber: Well, well, Danny, what's the matter? Don't see you for a long time.
Benny Battle: Well, they had me downtown for two weeks on a bum rap.
Eve Fallon: Oh, poor kid! They blame you everything, don't they?
Benny Battle: You sait it, Beautiful! The way the coppers treat me, you'd think I was a thief.
Eve Fallon: Yeah! Police get some funny ideas sometimes.
Benny Battle: Don't they though? And me as honest as the day is long.
Benny Battle: Yeah, but how 'bout the nights?
Benny Battle: The nights too! I'm the soul of honesty.
Eve Fallon: You sure you don't mean 'the heel?'
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for Bennett and Grant fans only
12 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The clumsily contrived "Big Brown Eyes" manages to hold some interest because of a fast pace and the magnetism of Cary Grant and Joan Bennett. She plays a wisecracking manicurist (too much a gum-chewing replica of her character in "Me and My Gal" opposite Spencer Tracy four years earlier) who engages in mutual flirtation with Grant's police detective. The plot involves a slippery jewel theft ring run by Walter Pidgeon (who would team wonderfully with Bennett 5 years later in Fritz Lang's "Man Hunt") that the cops just can't seem to crack. Bennett, driven to inexplicable frenzies of jealousy over Grant's innocent professional attentions to an older woman (Marjorie Gateson) whose diamonds have been stolen, bangs him over the head with a tray of utensils, is fired for bad behavior and promptly gets a job as a reporter with the town's newspaper. Overnight she is writing front page copy and leading the investigation into the jewel theft ring. Further absurdities take place until the predictable ending. Nowhere is there any reference to the anatomical features of the title, though one would assume they belong to the leading man, Cary Grant. The lack of connection between title and content is the perfect indicator of a tossed-together script. This Raoul Walsh-directed feature does what it can to supply action and speed and colorful incidentals in place of logic and wit and real dramatic substance. But despite the star power it can go only so far with such thin material.


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