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Big City (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 3 September 1937 (USA)
To avoid a taxi war, city officials blame a gang bombing on driver Joe Benton's wife Anna and put her on a ship to deport her. The mayor is speaker at a boxers' banquet where Joe pleads for... See full summary »

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Sophie Sloane
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Mike Edwards
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Paul Roya
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John C. Andrews
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Lola Johnson
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Beecher
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Buddy
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Jim Sloane
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Danny Devlin (as Guinn Williams)
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Fred Hawkins
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Tom Reilley
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To avoid a taxi war, city officials blame a gang bombing on driver Joe Benton's wife Anna and put her on a ship to deport her. The mayor is speaker at a boxers' banquet where Joe pleads for them to go with him to the wharf and rescue Anna (about to deliver their baby) from the ship. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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So much of happiness and heart-break...drama and romance...set to the tune of a big city...glorified by two great stars...it will bring glowing memories for years to come! See more »

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3 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Skyscraper Wilderness  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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George B. Seitz directed, uncredited, the sequence featuring Jack Dempsey. See more »

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Referenced in A Night at the Movies (1937) See more »

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Big Hearts
31 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

The follow-up to "Mannequin" and coming just before the sublime "Three comrades" melodrama ,"Big city" has a bizarre cast and credits showing cartoons Winnie Winkle style .But it's not a comedy.Once again ,it's a drama showing the fight of two lovers against a hostile world.Both Spencer Tracy and Luise Raiser(her eyes are so beautiful) give outstanding performances .Once again,Borzage teaches us real love,true love,pure love ,this love which leads you to sacrifice everything (Anna calling the Police)so the others can go on.He shows us men and women all standing together against the High and the Mighty.Recalling sometimes his great silent work "street angel" (1927)when Tracy visits his wife on the boat about to take her away from him.The final rumble may seem too long ,but after so much pain,it's a sweet relief.Humor is also present in the scene of the bottle of milk.Monsieur Borzage,you were a great man.


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