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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. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Wednesday 4 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), followed by Phoenix 17 June 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Milwaukee 24 October 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Grand Rapids 19 November 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Detroit 8 January 1960 on WJBK (Channel 2), by Toledo 7 February 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11), by Miami 12 April 1960 on WTVJ (Channel 4), by Philadelphia 24 April 1960 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Johnstown 14 September 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6), by Cincinnati 27 September 1960 on WKRC (Channel 12), and by Chicago 7 December 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 19 April 2016 as one of 18 titles in Universal's Cary Grant - the Vault Collection. See more »

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Eve Fallon: You'd lie about the weather!
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Fast talking comedy/mystery is second-rate stuff...
15 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Raoul Walsh directs this fast-paced, fast talking comedy/drama in the style of THE FRONT PAGE--but despite the sassy dialog among criminals and assorted tough guys, as well as manicurist JOAN BENNETT who becomes a newspaper reporter, it's lacking in entertainment value despite a cast that includes CARY GRANT, WALTER PIDGEON, LLOYD NOLAN, DOUGLAS FOWLEY and ISABEL JEWELL. The mystery revolves around stolen diamonds and the killing of a baby by a stray bullet. Grant pretty much plays his usual self as a detective who happens to be the boyfriend of Bennett. The playful banter between them makes her sound like the prototype of the kind of wisecracking female she would play throughout all of her femme fatale roles. But here, she's blonde and pretty while playing her role in much the same style as Rosalind Russell played a girl reporter in THE FRONT PAGE. Strictly second-rate stuff as entertainment despite the good cast.


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