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Big Brown Eyes (1936)

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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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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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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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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Watchable, but unmemorable
27 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An adequate comedy/mystery, one that is serviceable while playing but will scarcely be remembered long after it concludes. In all fairness, the jumbled screenplay by Bert Hanlon and director Raoul Walsh has a reasonable degree of intriguing ideas spread throughout the picture's scant runtime, but the various story threads never gel into a completely coherent picture and the film is further hindered by some woefully leaden dialogue among it's lead characters. The film is still wholly watchable, and even enjoyable during certain stretches due to it's lead performers. The chemistry between Cary Grant and Joan Bennett (as a bickering couple thrown into a case involving stolen jewels and murder) is breezy and natural, and the duo significantly better the film with their thoroughly winning performances.


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