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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Det. Sgt. Danny Barr
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Eve Fallon
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Richard Morey
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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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Editor
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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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 »

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Benny Battle: [In barber shop running his hand on the back of manicurist Eve Fallon] Eeny, meanie, mynie, mo. I'll take this one.
Eve Fallon: Oh, so you're the guy who ran his thumb down my back.
Benny Battle: Your truly, Benjamin Battle! How's it, Babe?
Eve Fallon: How's it yourself?... I knew it was you. I know the feel of your fingerprints.
Benny Battle: Ouch! Never say 'fingerprints' when I'm around. It gives me a sickly feeling.
Eve Fallon: Yeah, I'd have a nasty answer for that if I wasn't workin' here. What can I do for you?
Benny Battle: Oh, give me a manicure, but don't rush ...
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Forensics And Manicurist Training
5 September 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Cary Grant and Joan Bennett co-star in Big Brown Eyes which had it been done over at Warner Brothers would have been standard material for James Cagney and Joan Blondell. In fact the whole project was an unusual one for Paramount, it was a gritty urban drama that Warner Brothers specialized in.

Grant is a police detective and Bennett a manicurist turned reporter (only in Hollywood) who team up in life and who team up to solve a series of robberies. What begins as high end jewel robberies turns deadly serious when during a payoff gone bad, a baby is killed in the park by a stray bullet.

When the doer Lloyd Nolan is acquitted in court due to perjured testimony and political influence, Grant quits the force and Bennett goes back to manicuring and look for justice in an unofficial manner. Need I say they get it though you have to see Big Brown Eyes to find out how its done. But I will say that forensics and Bennett's manicurist training does help a lot.

Walter Pidgeon is also in the cast as a crooked politician, hip deep in the rackets, a type that Thomas E. Dewey was putting in jail with increasing frequency in New York at the time. Two very funny supporting performances come from Marjorie Gateson as an amorous robbery victim with an eye for Cary Grant and Douglas Fowley who was one of the gang that they trick into squealing. That is the highlight of the movie.

Big Brown Eyes is a slick comedy directed by Raoul Walsh who gets the whole cast in sync like a Swiss watch. An unusual film for Cary Grant, but his fans will like it.


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